East African Community Open Health Initiative Partners Forum
6 June 2012
The East African Community is set to launch before the end of this year a project to boost maternal and child health in the region. The project, named the Open Health Initiative, is envisaged to promote innovative interventions and enhance access to data and information for better results, better tracking of resources and stronger oversight of results and resources for women's and children's health nationally and regionally, all geared towards achievement of Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5. The EAC Secretary General Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera while opening a first preparatory meeting on 6 June 2012 that brought together delegates from the Partner States and various international and regional collaborating partners said the target was for the Open Health Initiative to be officially launched by the 14th Ordinary Summit of the EAC Heads of State due November 2012. This meeting was preceded by a two-day meeting of EAC Partner States’ National Health and Finance experts held at the same venue from 4th to 5th June 2012.