The Joint EAC Heads of State Retreat on Infrastructure and Health Financing and Development and the 19th Ordinary Meeting of the Summit of the EAC Heads of State held in Kampala, Uganda from 22nd to 23rd February 2018 approved nine (9) EAC regional health sector investment priorities and the sub priorities.
Full implementation of the priorities is expected to cost about US$ 3,468,982,910 (with updates under priority 9) over the period 2018 to 2028. The operational framework (section 3) provides a breakdown of the gross costing for each of the priorities and sub priorities. Prior to consideration by the Heads of State, the priorities were progressively developed and adopted by the 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th Ordinary Meetings and the 2nd and 3rd Extra-Ordinary Meetings of the EAC Council of Ministers; the 35th and 36th Ordinary Meetings of the EAC Council of Ministers; and the 1st EAC Partner States, Partners and Investors Roundtable on Health which preceded the Joint Heads of State Retreat on 21st February 2018. The regional health sector investment priorities were identified on the basis of Article 118 of the Treaty for the establishment of the EAC which provides for stronger regional cooperation on health; the EAC Health Policy, EAC Health Sector Strategic Plan; EAC Vision 2050 as well as Partner States’, Africa regional and global health and development frameworks such as Agenda 2063 and the SDGs. Other criteria considered include:
i. Magnitude of the health issue addressed
ii. Effectiveness of the intervention
iii. Cost and sustainability of the intervention
iv. Acceptability of the intervention to the Partner States
v. Fairness/equity considerations of the intervention