Government leaders SESSION

May 24th 2019  at 10:30: am to 12:30 pm

Moderators: Melvin Foote (President CFA), Michael Fitzgerald (Boston Globe)

Theme: “How government leaders can support global health and development”. 

Health was on the agenda as leaders from nearly 50 African countries gathered in Washington in early August  2014 for the first-ever US-Africa Leaders Summit, intended to expand trade and investment, encourage sustainable development and enhance cooperation on peace and security.  One of the key sessions, was titled "Investing in Health: Investing in Africa's Future."  The program opened with the note that "Africa is on the rise" and that public health is the anchor of economic health and individual well-being, in Africa and elsewhere.  African leaders agreed that investing in healthcare, education and medical research is a high priority and that partnerships "are crucial". The World Health Organization (WHO) Cancer Report describes the growing global burden of cancer as alarming, a major obstacle to human development and well-being, with a growing annual economic cost of ca. US$ 2.0 trillion.


The report also highlights major global cancer disparities, with over 60% of 14 million new cases and 70% of 8.2 million deaths per year occurring in low and middle income countries like in Africa, some of which countries, sadly, are the least capable of dealing with cancer without some form of collaboration. Emerging consensus at the USA-Africa summit was that Investing in health is not only the right thing to do, to reduce suffering/death from disease. It also results in economic returns.


This Global Health Catalyst summit session will focus on how government leaders can participate and support global health and development and discuss areas of collaborations that can benefit both local and global health and development

Tentative list  (subject to change) of some of our powerful speakers/panelists : Please Check back soon for updates

 Prof Peter Nyongo’ 

Governor of Kisumu  County, Former Minister for Medical Services, Kenya

Congress Woman Karen bass

Chair USA House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs. Subcommittee on Global Health, 

 Dr Jane Aceng

Honorable Minister of Health, Republic of Uganda

H.E. Carlos dos Santos

Ambassador of Mozambique to USA

HE. Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu 

First Lady of Ondo State, Nigeria

H.E AmmoN Mutembwa

Ambassador of Zimbabwe to USA

H.E. Mahamadou Nimaga

Ambassador of Mali to the USA

Honorable Audley Shaw

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture


Dr Diane Gashumba

Honorable Minister of Health, Rwanda



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