Monday, May 12, 2014 

EAC health protocol being drafted

ARUSHA, Tanzania - The EAC health ministers under the EAC Regional Cooperation and integration of Health Systems, Research and Policy have told the Secretariat to finalise the draft Protocol on EAC Regional Cooperation on Health.

It is then supposed to be presented to the 10th Meeting of the Sectoral Council on Health for consideration and adoption. The 9th ordinary meeting of the EAC Sectoral Council of Ministers of Health held their weeklong meeting in Zanzibar last month.

The Council of Ministers has also directed the EAC to work towards developing a Regional Health Sector Scorecard for tracking compliance of agreed policies, laws, regulations and decisions under the health sector..

The ministers also endorsed the interlude between March 30 to April 1st, 2016 as the dates for the 5th Annual East African Health and Scientific Conference to be held in Bujumbura, Burundi.

It also considered and approved the proposed organisational structure, human resource requirements and budget for the operationalization of the East African Health Research Commission (EAHRC) in Bujumbura, Burundi during the 2014/2015 fiscal year.

The Secretariat was also asked to work with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) to identify the priority areas of collaboration with NMRAs and ensure  implementation of the project is done through the respective Ministries and the National Medicines Regulatory Authorities. 

According to a statement in addition, the Sectoral Council urged EAC Partner States to establish Boards and Councils for Radiology and Imaging, Optometry, and Environmental Health Practice, where they do not have these Boards and Councils; and directed the EAC Secretariat to develop a Regional Policy and legal framework on Traditional and Alternative Health practice.

The Sectoral Council directed the EAC Secretariat to expedite the establishment of the East African Community Health Professional Regulatory Authority (EACHPRA) in line with the decisions of the 15th Ordinary Meetings of the EAC Council of Ministers; and to engage the services of a Legal and Health experts to prepare the draft Bill for the establishment of EACHPRA.

By Elisha Mayallah, Monday, May 12th, 2014