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Human Right to Health Campaign in Southern & French-speaking Africa

As the government moves towards privatizing public health services (while denying it is doing so), criticism mounts: “From 7 to 8 February, a sub-regional seminar initiated by the Public Services International (PSI) and the National Federation of Public Service Unions of Togo brought together in Lomé journalists and trade union and civil society actors from Togo, Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, Benin, Chad, Cameroon, DR Congo, Nigeria, Niger and Guinea Conakry. And it was around the theme ‘Public Private Partnership and the Right to Health.’ (…) Participants expressed serious concern: ‘Does the form of contracting in question, in particular the PPP, guarantee the supply and access to quality care to which all Togolese citizens are entitled? What would explain the non-involvement of all social partners, civil society and users in the ongoing contracting process?’ To this end, workshop participants ‘express deep concern about the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and timeliness of such an approach for Togo, and ask the government to open a wide consultation with all stakeholders, including trade unions, civil society organizations and especially users, with a view to an inclusive, participatory and transparent process, call for the establishment of a national basis on this PPP contracting process as soon as possible."

Source: www.world-psi.org

The IMF and Togo have reached a preliminary agreement for an economic program

The IMF and Togo have reached a preliminary agreement for an economic program, but it is drawing criticism for promoting the privatization of public services. “Yet the social cost of these reforms is likely to be cumbersome for Togolese people who are barely recovering from past social crises. For example, the IMF recommends reducing capital spending while maintaining a pace of investment in infrastructure through public-private partnerships. With the weak capacity of the local private sector, this may lead to the privatization of public services for the benefit of foreign companies.” The program goes to the IMF board for approval in April.

Source: Agence Ecofin