A two day information meeting between the West Africa Health Organization (WAHO) and health communication practitioners has opened today in Ouagadougu in Burkina Faso.
The meeting which brings together heads of communication units of health ministries, and media professionals in charge of health issues, will discuss ways to ‘rebrand’ WAHO to enhance visibility of its interventions towards health care improvement in member states within the West African region.
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The meeting will further expose participants to WAHO’s 2016-2020 strategic Plan and interventions in the area of epidermic control in West Africa.
Thirty participants, from Ghana, Liberia, The Gambia,Togo, Benin, Guinea Bissau, Senegal, Cote Divoire, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Sierra Leone are taking part in the meeting.
Officially opening the session, Director General of WAHO, Dr. Xavier Crespin admitted to the fact that even though multifaceted interventions have been carried out in almost all the countries of the region, there has not been adequate support from information relays to keep communities abreast of actions undertaken by the WAHO.
He was hopeful that the meeting will build knowledge of the participants for a greater visibility of the institution.
WAHO was established by the heads of state and government of ECOWAS in 1987, and became fully operational in 2000. Headquarters in Bobo Dilaosu in Burkina Faso, WAHO currently is the sole genuine institution responsible for health matters and has to its credit several success stories in the health field.
WAHO as a specialised Agency of ECOWAS works towards the attainment of the highest possible standard and protection of health of the peoples in the sub-region through the harmonisation of the policies of the Member States, pooling of resources, and cooperation with one another and with others for a collective and strategic combat against the health problems of the sub-region.