Plenary 3

Mount Kilimanjaro Ballroom March 8, 2017 08:30 - 10:00

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Marijke Wijnroks
Isabel Torres

Plenary 3                     Impacting health in Africa through public-private partnerships: Lessons, challenges and future actions


Moderator                  Prof Bitange Ndemo, University of Nairobi


Keynote Speaker        Dr Marijke Wijnrok, Chief of Staff, The Global Fund



Bruno Witvoet, Executive Vice-President, Unilever Africa

Isabel Torres, Senior Director, Access to Medicines Emerging Markets, Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Ian Walker, Corporate Citizenship Director, Johnson&Johnson

Prof Khama Rogo, Health Sector Specialist and Head, World Bank Group Health in Africa Initiative

Ashling Mulvaney, Senior Director, Healthy Heart Africa, AstraZeneca PLC



Mixed public and private healthcare systems characterise developing countries, Africa included. There are inadequate policies and broad frameworks on how public and private sectors can better collaborate to address the problems of health financing, access and quality.

The overall investment in health systems strengthening in sub-Saharan Africa remain low, thereby impacting negatively on the health of the population. Countries that have robust private sector involvement and investment in health have stronger and more responsive healthcare systems. This plenary session will stimulate discussion and debate on the priorities of private sector investment on the continent and the role of multi-sectoral funding mechanisms to loop in private sector funding and investments.

The keynote speaker will share experiences and lessons from the Global Fund against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and how this multi-stakeholder funding model has impacted the lives of millions women and child across the developing world. The keynote presentation will be followed by a panel discussion on the role of private sector on health outcomes in Africa.