Missing from the 68th session of the World Health Assembly in May 2015 was whether and how regional health governance in Africa – as in other continents around the world – can be strengthened to enable the WHO and other actors in the field of health to prepare for and respond to future largescale outbreaks of communicable diseases. The WHO WHA needs to consider elevating the status of regional health organisations in Sub-Saharan Africa and consider providing increased technical assistance for strengthened horizontal healthcare systems.
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