Plenary V: Rapid Sessions – Focusing on Quality and Innovation

Plenary V: Rapid Sessions – Focusing on Quality and Innovation

Paradigm Shift: Focusing on Quality of Care (45 minutes)

Increasing access to health services alone is not enough to improve health outcomes – access must go together with a deliberate focus to improve quality of care. A recent study published by the Lancet found that most deaths in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) could be prevented if patients had access to good quality care. The study estimated that 5 million people in LMICs die every year due to preventable conditions, significantly more than the 3.6 million who die from not having access to care, which has been the traditional focus in global health. This TED-style session series will focus on what it takes to sustainably improve quality of care, including deliberate political prioritization of the issue and a commitment to strengthening overall health systems, governance and scale up of health information systems. Each speaker will have 10 minutes to deliver a presentation, and there will be a 15-minute Q&A segment following the presentations.



  • Dr Waruguru Wanjau, Medical Officer & Public Health Consultant


Keynote Speaker: (10 Mins)

  • Abdirisak Dalmar, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, Caafinet Somalia Ltd.            Prioritizing quality of care in fragile settings: The Caafinet model 


TED-style Speakers

  • Dr Stephen Mutwiwa, Country Director Jhpiego Rwanda

Strategies to ensure high quality of care in resource-constrained contexts

  • Dr Charles Akhimien, Co-founder, MOBicure, Nigeria

Leveraging technology to drive improvements in health access and quality of care


Panel Discussion

  • Serigne Magueye Gueye, President, West African College of Surgeons
  • Frasia Karua, General Manager, Amref Enterprises Ltd.
  • Mariam Dahir, Medical Doctor
  • Ian Askew, Director, Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization


Accelerating Progress toward UHC: Leveraging Innovation & Technology (45 minutes)

Innovation is transforming health care diagnostics, treatment, delivery, data collection, and user experience in Africa. Yet, less than 50% of Africans have access to modern health care facilities, one in ten medicines and medical devices in the continent are substandard or falsified, and many countries are struggling to meet the needs of their population due to acute health worker shortages. This session will showcase demonstrable innovations in health care systems, data and delivery that are leapfrogging progress towards UHC across the continent. Each innovator will have 10 minutes to demonstrate their innovation, and there will be a 15-minute Q&A segment following the presentations.

Moderator: Dr. Priya Baasubramaniam, Senior Public Health Scientist & Director UHC-RNE Initiative, Public Health Foundation Of India


  • Claire Morris, International Programmes Director, Babylon Health
  • Benjamin Nortey, Founder and CEO, MINT Innovations, Ghana
  • Simon Berry, Co-founder and CEO, ColaLife
  • Israel Bimpe, Head of National Implementation (Rwanda), Zipline International
  • David Fleming, Vice President, Global Health Programs, PATH