Plenary 1

Mount Kilimanjaro Ballroom March 7, 2017 08:30 - 10:00

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Dr Delanyo Dovlo
Dr Marc-Alain Widdowson

Addressing bottlenecks affecting health systems in communities of Africa: Strategies, achievements, challenges and the way forward


Venue                        Kilimanjaro Ballroom


Welcome                    Dr Festus Ilako – Looking Forward, AHAIC 2017



Moderator                  Prof Fred Wabwire Mangen, Makerere University and Regional Centre for Quality of Health Care (RCQHC)


Keynote Speakers     

Dr Delanyo Dovlo, Director, Health Systems Strengthening Cluster,

World Health Organization, Regional Office for Africa

Dr Marc-Alain Widdowson, Deputy Director, Centres for Disease

Control and Protection (CDC) Kenya



Prof Richard Muga, Uzima University, Kenya

Prof Francis Omaswa, Executive Director, African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST)

Dr Davide Mosca, Director of Health Division, International Organisation for Migration (IOM)



This first plenary of the AHAIC 2017 aims at examining the bottlenecks that are hindering the attainment of  Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in sub-Saharan Africa, achievements to date and strategies for attaining UHC and the Sustainable Development Goal Number 3 targets.

After the keynote address, there will be a panel discussion with contributions from experts and delegates to come up with five actions to accelerate the implementation of health-related Sustainable Development Goals in Africa.

The session will discuss high-impact priorities and policy issues that should be addressed to unlock health systems bottlenecks such as empowering communities, devolution, replacing  verticalisation with integration, proactive strategic planning and investment in current and future health threats and events, and improving access to and quality of health services. Others are addressing health systems barriers such as shortage of health professionals, inadequate healthcare financing,  low adoption of technology and innovation, low research outputs on the continent, poor data quality and inadequate use of evidence for decision-making, and how to ensure better policies and governance.