Members of the African Christian Health Association Platform, known as ACHAP, gathered for the opening of the World Health Assembly Monday morning. IMA World Health has been a partner to the African Christian Health Associations Platform (ACHAP) since its inception in 2007. (IMA World Health/Theresa Nyamupachitu)

IMA World Health attends 69th World Health Assembly

  • May 23, 2016


ow can we build capacity and address the advocacy needs for Africa’s Christian Health Associations?

Those are questions Theresa Nyamupachitu, IMA World Health’s Senior Program Advisor for Health Systems Strengthening, will address during a discussion Wednesday at the 69th session of World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

“As a first-time attendee of World Health Assembly, my main goal is to gain an insight of the most high-level deliberations of global health in the world,” Nyamupachitu said.

The World Health Assembly, or WHA, is the decision-making body of the World Health Organization, and this year’s theme is “Transforming our world: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” It runs May 23-28 this year.

IMA has been a partner to the Africa Christian Health Associations Platform, often referred to as ACHAP, since its inception in 2007. ACHAP has membership of 34 Christian Health Associations from 26 African countries. Karen Sichinga, Executive Director of the Churches Health Association of Zambia and ACHAP Board Chair, and Dr. Samuel Mwenda Rukunga, Executive Director of the Christian Health Association of Kenya, ACHAP Vice Board Chair and a member of IMA’s board, will be among those in attendance.

ACHAP’s mandate for the event is to promote effective engagement of Church Health Services in Africa to achieve equitable access to quality health care and to facilitate joint advocacy, networking and communication among Christian Health Associations and other partners in support of the faith-based health work in Africa.

“I am also here to learn and bring knowledge back to IMA about the WHO agenda around sustainable development goals and engagement of faith-based organizations on this agenda,” Nyamupachitu said.

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