1st WHO AFRICA Health Forum

27 June 2017 - 28 June 2017
Kigali Convention Center, Kigali, Rwanda
Type of event International meeting
Scope Global health; public health; universal health coverage

The WHO Regional Office for Africa (AFRO) is convening the first ever Africa Health Forum in Kigali, Rwanda on 27 – 28 June 2017. The two-day event addresses the challenges and opportunities for effective health service delivery and policy priorities across Africa. The theme of the conference is ‘Putting People First: The Road to Universal Health Coverage in Africa’.

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Health research, innovation and data for sustainable development

Session on 27 June 2017, 16:00-17:30

Background: The African Region has a high burden of diseases, with no interventions for many that disproportionally affect its population. This challenge will hinder achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Universal Health Care (UHC) if left unmitigated. The health research systems in the region could address this challenge if given the needed prominence. This session is aimed at advocating for a new era of health research and innovation to develop diagnostic, preventive and therapeutic interventions that will contribute to progress towards the SDGs and UHC.


  • Dr Michael Makanga, EDCTP Executive Director, will be the key note speaker
  • Dr. Joseph B. Babigumira, Assistant Professor, Global Health and Pharmacy, University of Washington, Global Medicines Program
  • Professor Pontiano Kaleebu, Director, Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI)
  • Dr Mary Amuyunzu-Nyamongo, Founder Director and Technical Adviser for the African Institute for Health and Development.

The session will be moderated by Prof. Sir Alimuddin Zumla, Professor of Infectious Diseases and International Health at University College London (and a member of the EDCTP Scientific Advisory Committee).

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