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The Future of Public Health in Africa

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Africa confronts the world’s most dramatic health crisis. Accounting for 24% of the global disease burden, the challenges the continent faces are many and complex, with growing inequities in access to health services and health outcomes across the region. Whilst significant progress has been made in the treatment and prevention of many infectious diseases, Africa still accounts for 90% of malaria deaths, 70% of all people living with HIV and 26% of all tuberculosis cases. In recent years, the devastating impact of emerging viruses, such as Ebola, have further exposed the fundamental fragility of many health systems.

Given the increasing prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCD) as well, resilient health systems are needed now more than ever. The WHO estimates that NCDs are likely to surpass the toll of sickness and death from infectious disease by 2030, with cancer, type-2 diabetes and heart disease the biggest killers. In the case of the latter, hypertension in the African region is the highest in the world, affecting an estimated 46% of adults.

It’s clear that the continent stands on a precipice - the action we take today will determine whether African countries will join the rest of the world in achieving substantial and lasting improvements in public health, or be perpetually left behind.

Whilst there are a great many challenges, there are also a great many opportunities and science and technology must be at the heart of addressing and capitalising on both. With world-leading speakers from across business, academia and policy, the Planet Earth Institute (PEI) will be shining a light on those individuals, research groups, academic institutions and commercial organisations making scientific and technological advancements that are of benefit not just to Africa but to the world.

So join us for a day of high-level presentations, panel discussions and Q&A sessions as we explore defining issues impacting public health today and highlight the innovations that will come to define the future of public health in Africa.



Agenda

10.00am Guest arrival – tea and coffee

10.30am Welcome address by the Chair – the Rt Hon Lord Paul Boateng

10.45am Morning Panel: Challenges and Opportunities – Defining the State of Public Health in Africa

12.30pm Networking Lunch

1.30pm Afternoon Panel: Innovation from Africa – The Future of Public Health on the Continent

3.30pm Close



Speakers

- Prof. Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England & Chief Medical Advisor, UK Government


- Arthur Zang, CEO, Himore Medical


- Samy Ahmar, Acting Head of Health, Save the Children


- Frances Longley, CEO, Amref Health Africa


- Prof. David Ingram, Emeritus Prof. of Health Informatics, UCL and Founder & Director, UCL Centre for Health Informatics and Multiprofessional Education (CHIME)


- Prof. Leila Alouane, Nutrition Researcher, Institut National Zouhair Kallal de Nutrition et de Technologie Alimentaire


More Speakers TBC


The PEI Spotlight Seminar

The PEI Spotlight Seminars shine a light on the pioneers driving scientific and commercial innovations in and for Africa.

The dominant rhetoric surrounding the continent is still largely a negative one, whether it’s corruption, conflict, poverty or disease. This extends to various features of Africa’s development agenda and science, technology and innovation (STI) is no exception.

Whilst it is important not to ignore the many very serious challenges Africa faces, including the debilitating lack of scientific capacity and underfunded educational institutions, it is also important to recognise that Africa and Africans can and are making significant contributions to global science in numerous fields. Pockets of excellence and scientific hubs dotted around the continent are doing great work, often in the face of great adversity.

The PEI Spotlight Seminar series is about celebrating and ‘spotlighting’ those individuals, research groups, academic institutions and commercial organisations making scientific and technological advancements that are of benefit not just to Africa but to the world.

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