AU Medical Services Directorate commemorates Africa Healthy Lifestyle Day

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) Medical Services Directorate on Friday commemorated the Africa Healthy Lifestyle Day at the African Union Commission (AUC) Headquarters, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with the slogan “When your life works your work works”.

According to the AU media channel, the activities were well attended by AU Staff as well as Diplomats.

It said that the Day began with an active sensitization exercise and distribution of flyers at the AU the AU main gate. Later on, presentations on Work Life Balance were delivered followed by discussions and closing remarks for the commemoration of the Africa Healthy Lifestyle Day.

Welcoming the participants, Dr. Yankuba Kassama, Director, Medical Services, underscored the fact that finding a suitable balance between work and daily living is a challenge that all workers face. The ability to successfully combine work, family commitments and personal life is important for the "well-being of all of us".

The theme for this year's commemoration, “Work Life Balance”, is a concept that supports the efforts of workers to split their time and energy between work and the other important aspects of their lives.

The Deputy Chairperson of the AUC, Mr. Thomas Kwesi Quartey, who was the guest of honour during the commemoration, welcomed the participants on behalf of Moussa Faki Mahamat, the Chairperson of the AU Commission, stating that the decision to commemorate the day was taken in July 2008 by the African Ministers of Health and adopted by the Executive Council.

The Decision is in line with the World Health Organization's framework strategy for prevention and control of Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) across Africa and the world.

In addition, Mr. Quartey stated that the African Union is committed to laying a strong foundation for Agenda 2063 to accelerate the development in Africa and in achieving good quality of life of human being.

Dr. Kassama further stressed “An important aspect of work-life balance is the amount of time we spend at work. Evidence suggests that long working hours impairs personal health, jeopardizes safety and increases stress."

Furthermore, the Director called on managers and supervisors to support their staff in the pursuit of work-life balance. “Let us create a flexible workplace that will allow staff to pursue all components of a healthy life,” added Dr. Kassama.

Dr Brook Tsehay, Chairperson, Africa Healthy Lifestyle Organizing Committee, during the closing, expressed his appreciation to the different Heads of Directorates and AU Commission staff for all the support given to the Medical Services Directorate in the organization of the event and for attending the lecture.
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17 march 2018 06:14:56

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