The Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa (SDGC/A) welcomes you to the Every Life Matters: Building and Strengthening Accountability in African Health Systems conference to be held on the 8th – 9th March, 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda. The two-day conference will convene stakeholders to galvanize greater accountability and call for commitments and actions by all political and government actors and other leaders in the healthcare sector to deliver. The participants will include Ministries of Health, Finance and Economic Planning; health professionals, and representatives of health associations, councils and research centers in Africa and worldwide.

OBJECTIVES

The objectives of the conference aim to galvanize greater accountability and push governments and health professions to deliver by: Calling for commitments and actions by all political and government actors and other leaders in the healthcare sector to enact and enforce a standard regulatory system that facilitates and ensures true accountability in the health system; Placing ethical standards at the center of the quality of care offering; Creating greater awareness in the public of their inherent human right to health and along with that, the right they have to hold health officials and practitioners, at all levels, accountable.

PLENARY SPEAKERS

The conference will feature the keynote address from high level dignitaries and SDGC/A Board Members. In addition, the panel discussion and three thematic group discussions will bring together diverse speakers, health professionals and representatives of African medical networks, councils and research centers to address the ways in which we could build an overarching accountability framework for healthcare that will underpin the transformational change required in the healthcare system throughout Africa by 2030.

Dr. Belay Begashaw

Director General, SDGC/A

Prior to being appointed as Director General to the Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa (SDGC/A), Dr. Begashaw was the Director of the Columbia Global Centers for Africa as part of the Earth Institute (EI). He joined the EI in January 2009 as a Senior Agriculture Policy Specialist for Eastern and Southern Africa, and soon became the Director of the MDG Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. He has served as the Associate Director of the Agriculture and Food Security Center of the EI. Dr. Begashaw has over 20 years of experience in agriculture extension and rural development, ranging from a grass-roots development agent to the Minister of Agriculture for Ethiopia.

In the past three years, Dr. Begashaw has done extensive consulting work for several international organizations in the area of food security, poverty reduction and investment. Dr. Begashaw earned his MPA degree from Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, M.Sc. from University of Reading and a B.Sc. from Addis Ababa University, Almay College of Agriculture. He also holds a Ph.D. in agricultural policy from Texas A&M University where he was a Borlaug Fellow.

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Dr. Belay Begashaw

Dr. Belay Begashaw

Director General, SDGC/A

Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs

SDGC/A Board Member and Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General

Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs is a world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior United Nations advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist whose monthly newspaper columns appear in more than 80 countries. He has twice been named among Time Magazine‘s 100 most influential world leaders. Professor Sachs is the Director of the Earth Institute’s Center for Sustainable Development after serving as the Director of The Earth Institute since 1995. He is a Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development and Health Policy and Management at Columbia University.

Professor Sachs is Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General António Guterres on the Sustainable Development Goals, having held a similar position under former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and Kofi Annan. He is co-founder and Chief Strategist of Millennium Promise Alliance, and is director of the Millennium Villages Project.

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Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs

Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs

SDGC/A Board Member and Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General

Honorable Dr. Diane Gashumba

Minister of Health, Rwanda

Dr. Diane Gashumba, MD, M(Ped), is the Rwandan Minister of Health of the Republic of Rwanda since October 4, 2016. From March 29th, 2016, she served as the Minister of Gender and Family Promotion, she is a pediatrician by profession bringing 17 years’ experience in global maternal, new-born and child health with focus to gender issues.

Strategist at building capacity and improving quality within the Rwandan Health system, she has led the design and implementation of the baseline assessment and, midterm evaluation of the quality of MNCH care in 6 districts in Rwanda in 2015. Skilled expert in quality improvement including supporting implementation of clinical QI activities and initiatives. She has participated to various surveys and abstracts such as the health seeking behaviors of pregnant women, Immunitum study, and integration of HIV services into MCH, assessment of available equipment in health facilities in Rwanda.

Former President of the National Women Council, she is bringing a strong experience in empowering women through initiation of income generating activities, Gender related policy elaboration such as the Gender based violence policy, the Early childhood development policy, the sexual, adolescent and reproductive health policy among others.

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Honorable Dr. Diane Gashumba

Honorable Dr. Diane Gashumba

Minister of Health, Rwanda

Dr. Takao Toda

Vice President for Human Security and Global Health Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

As the Vice President for Human Security and Global Health, Dr. Toda promotes strategic planning and implementation of JICA's operations. Dr. Toda received Ph.D at the Graduate School of International Development in Nagoya University in 2009, master’s degree at the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences in the University of Tokyo in 2001, and LL.B at the Faculty of Law in Kyoto University in 1984.

For more than three decades, he has been playing various key roles of strategizing and implementing Japan's ODA, such as Group Director on Peace Building, Group Director on Human Security, Senior Fellow of JICA Research Center, Chief
Representative of Bangladesh Office, Director General of Human Development Department.

He has a wide range of knowledge and experience especially on the operationalization process of Human Security, which has been the core concept of Japan's diplomatic policy of international cooperation.

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Dr. Takao Toda

Dr. Takao Toda

Vice President for Human Security and Global Health Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

Professor Philip Cotton

Vice Chancellor, University of Rwanda

Before his appointment as the Vice Chancellor of the University of Rwanda (UR), Professor Phil Cotton was the Principal of one of UR’s Colleges – Medicine and Health Sciences.

Prior to this he was at Glasgow medical School where he is still Professor of Learning and Teaching. After completing a science degree at St Andrews he studied medicine at Glasgow where he also completed his Masters and Doctoral degrees. For many years he worked as a GP in Glasgow, and was a Council member and International Committee member, and Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners.

He is a Methodist Preacher and is the founding chair of a Scottish fair trade organisation, and Board member of several development charities working in Africa.

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Professor Philip Cotton

Professor Philip Cotton

Vice Chancellor, University of Rwanda

Mr. Robert Yates

Project Director, UHC Policy Forum, Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House

Mr. Robert Yates is an internationally recognized expert on universal health coverage (UHC) and progressive health financing. At Chatham House he is project director of the UHC Policy Forum.

His principal area of expertise is in the political economy of UHC, with a focus on advising political leaders and government ministries on how to plan, finance and implement national UHC reforms. He has previously worked as a senior health economist with the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the World Health Organization (WHO), advising numerous governments in Asia and Africa on health financing policy and health system reforms.

Mr Yates is a member of the 'Health for All' Thematic Group of the UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network. He received his BA in Natural Sciences and Economics from Queens’ College Cambridge and his MBA from Leeds University.

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Mr. Robert Yates

Mr. Robert Yates

Project Director, UHC Policy Forum, Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House

Kimihurura Roundabout
P.O. Box 6629
Kigali, Rwanda
Tel: +250 252 252 252 / 252 253 253
 

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