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Africa: AHAS 2024

Apr 30, 2024 | Health | 0 comments

The 2024 Africa Healthcare Summit took place in Accra on April 22-23, 2024, organized by Zenith Global Health under the theme “Advances in Public Health-Tackling Inequities and Access: A One Health Approach.” The summit aims to foster partnership, collaboration, and knowledge-sharing to bridge the gap between the global south and north, involving all stakeholders, policymakers, and industry players to ensure health equity and access.

During the event, Dr. Kgosi Letlape, President of the Africa Harm Reduction Alliance, addressed the pressing challenge of adopting harm reduction practices, particularly in the context of tobacco use. He emphasized the importance of collaboration among various stakeholders, including governments, public health organizations, and industry players, in addressing tobacco harm reduction.

Dr. Letlape highlighted the role of innovation in harm reduction, noting the emergence of alternative nicotine delivery systems such as e-cigarettes and heat-not-burn technology. He criticized the World Health Organization (WHO) for its stance on nicotine, emphasizing the need for evidence-based policies to save lives and promote public health.

Regarding misinformation and misconceptions surrounding tobacco harm reduction, Dr. Letlape emphasized the importance of education, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. He underscored the need for policymakers to base their decisions on scientific evidence rather than rhetoric, highlighting the significant public health implications of smoking.

Dr. Letlape also discussed the role of technology and innovation in tobacco harm reduction, noting that alternative nicotine delivery systems offer users safer alternatives to combustible cigarettes. He stressed the importance of recognizing harm reduction as a viable strategy to address the global tobacco epidemic, calling for greater support and investment in this approach.

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