Africa Health Agenda International Conference (AHAIC) to take place on March 7 -9 at Radisson Blu, Nairobi, to chart a roadmap to the implementation of the SDGs and roll out a community health worker strategy for Africa with a view to getting CHWs paid and integrated into the formal health work force.
The AHAIC will be preceded by a Youth Conference on March 5-6 and will draw the attendance of the First Lady of Kenya, Malawi and Niger to speak on health issues affecting youth, particularly HIV.
The rationale behind the conference is that there is a need for an African health agenda that runs concurrently with the global health agenda because of Africa’s very unique health challenges and the need for a localized approach.
The conference will be looking at issues such as preparedness for emergent health threats in view of past response to Ebola, emergent health threats such as hypertension among the urban middle class, and the role of private sector players such as insurers in improving universal health coverage.
Gender empowerment in addressing health challenges such as FGM, early child marriages, the status of HIV prevention, and strategies to mitigate possible reduction of funding from donors in this area, the role of global agencies such as World Bank in improving Africa’s health outcomes, as well as technology, innovation and telemedicine in improving health outcomes in Africa will be key issues to be discussed.
The speakers include: Dr. Gertrude Mutharika (Malawi First Lady), Margaret Kenyatta (Kenya First Lady), Dr. Mustapha Sidiki (African Union), Dr. Matshidiso Moeti (World Health Organisation), Dr. Githinji Gitahi (Amref Health Africa), Ashling Mulvaney, Senior Director – Healthy Heart Africa, Siddharth Chatterjee (UNDP), Dr. Timothy Evans (World Bank Group), Marijke Wijnroks (Global Fund), Dr. Jakaya Kikwete (Former Tanzania President), Professor Charles Feldman, Bob Collymore (Safaricom), and Roelof Assies (Phillips.