Health Ministerial Panel: Response to and preparedness for health threats in Africa
Venue Kilimanjaro Ballroom
Moderator Dr Githinji Gitahi, Group Chief Executive Officer, Amref Health Africa
Lead Discussant Amb Dr Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, Commissioner for Social Affairs, African Union Commission
Dr Cleopa K Mailu, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Health, Kenya
Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, Minister for Health, Uganda
Hon Mahmoud Thabit Kombo, Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar
Dr Hamisi Kigwangalla, Deputy Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Community Development, Gender Services and Children, United Republic of Tanzania
Dr Raymonde Goudou-Coffie, Ministre de la Santè et de l’Hygiene Publique, Cote d’Ivoire
Immediately following the official opening ceremony of the AHAIC 2017, a health ministerial panel will discuss threats to global health security in Africa with the objective of shedding light on their respective countries’ and Africa’s preparedness for emerging and re-emergent health events and threats, and on the role of governments, the African Union, Regional Economic Commissions and non-state actors.
The session will culminate in the launch of a Community Health Worker campaign, highlighting partner commitments to implementation of national community health strategies to tackle health threats and health systems weaknesses. The campaign also emphasizes the important role, community health workers play in addressing health systems gaps like shortage of health professionals, poor uptake of health promotion and disease prevention interventions, poor data quality and inadequate use of data and evidence for decision-making at household, community and sub-national levels.