Day One

Day Brief…

Amref Health Africa’s First International Conference kicks off in Nairobi

For the next three days, Amref Health Africa will be holding its first international conference themed ‘From Evidence to Action: Lasting Health Change for Africa’ in Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi.

The conference will focus on exchange of scientific results and debates on strategic ideas and application of knowledge to inform health care financing, human resources for health, community systems strengthening and the post the Millennium Development Goals agenda.

It is an important forum for discussions on how Africa can influence the global health agenda to improve health and health rights on the continent. The conference will feature topical areas such as: Reproductive health and maternal and neonatal child health, HIV TB and Malaria, environmental and water resource management, new and emerging health

priorities: NCDs and NTDs, innovation, technology and health.

The Amref Health Africa International Conference (AHAIC) has the vision of being a platform for scholars, programme leaders, advocates and other professionals to share their knowledge, experience and scientific research results on health in Africa.

The conference aims at bringing together partners from academic institutions, NGO’s, governments and individual experts in the health sector from around the globe and specifically from Africa.
Speakers at the conference include Amref Director General, Dr. Teguest Guerma, Dr Martinus Willem Borgdoff, CDC Kenya, Special Advisor for East, Central and Southern Africa (ECSA) Royal College of Physicians, London, Prof Keith PWJ McAdam and Dr Getahun Haileyesus, TB Coordinator World Health Organisation.

For the next three days the world will be looking upon this forum to come up with solutions that can influence African health agenda to improve health and health rights on the continent.

The conference comes at a time when the continent is faced with various health challenges that need urgent action.

Plenary Sessions

1. Financing health care development and universal access to health
2. Opening Ceremony
3. Post-MDGs: the unfinished agenda and emerging health threats to Africa
4. Human Resource for Health: contribution of CHWs and midwives to African Health
5. Community health systems strengthening
6. Generating health evidence for practice and policy change: challenges and lessons learned