The African Center for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST), an independent think tank handling Health Policy, and Education, has encouraged Uganda’s private sector stakeholders to invest in the country’s healthcare industry.
The think tank was speaking to Amref Health Africa, the continent’s leading health development organization, and HEPS Uganda, a health rights organisation that solicits for increased access to medical care ahead of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day.
UHC Day, which holds on December 12th every year, is an initiative backed by more than 1,000 organizations in 121 countries advocating for stronger, more dependable health systems that exempt no one.
“There is a very good return on business from a healthy society,” ACHEST said in a statement issued on December 11th, 2017.
The call comes just days after Jolly Kaguhangire, Executive Director at the State-run Uganda Investment Authority recently welcomed a proposal from Egyptian industry experts to establish a medical facility in Uganda which will include a hospital, pharmaceutical plant and training centre for doctors.
It also comes at a time when Uganda’s population is expected grow to 46 million by 2025 and up to 63 million by 2030. As a result, the country’s government has been asked to invest more in family planning.
Speaking at a launch event for an analysis titled the ‘State of Uganda Population Report 2017’, Dr Joseph Muvawala, Executive Director for the country’s National Planning Authority (NPA) noted that there is need for the government to acknowledge Uganda’s increasing nonproductive population.