Spotlight Seminar: The Future of Public Health in Africa

July 4, 2017
July 4, 2017

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 (NCDs) 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.

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!

Our speakers are:

  • Dr. Wilfred Ndifon, Director of Research, African Institute of Mathematics Global Network
  • Samy Ahmar, Acting Head of Health, Save the Children
  • Max Mallas Secrett, Somaliland Project Manager, Kings College London
  • Dr. Diana Marshall, Publisher, BMC Series Journals
  • Dame Sally Davies FRS FMedSci, Chief Medical Officer for England and Chief Medical Advisor, UK Government
  • Dr. Aisha Walcott-Bryant, Research Scientist and Manager, IBM Research-Africa
  • Professor Charlotte Watts, Chief Scientific Advisor, Department for International Development
  • Professor David Ingram, Emeritus Professor of Health Informatics, UCL, President, openEHR Foundation; Trustee, Open Eyes Charity
  • Frances Longley, Chief Executive, Amref Health Africa UK
  • Dr. Manjinder Sandhu, Co-Director, African Partnership for Chronic Disease (APCDR) and the Ugandan Medical Information Centre (UMIC)

If you would like further information, please look at our event brochure.

Watch the Spotlight Seminar on Facebook Live

The PEI will be broadcasting this Spotlight Seminar via Facebook Live for all our followers who can’t attend the event in person, but want to contribute to the discussions taking place.

We will broadcast the morning panel, which runs from 10.45am-12.30pm BST, as well as the afternoon panel from 1.30pm-3pm. This will be a great opportunity to hear all of the speakers’ presentations and ask them questions about the future of public health in Africa.

If you would like to watch our broadcast on Facebook Live and participate in our discussion, follow these steps:

1) Like the PEI’s Facebook page

2) Log into Facebook five minutes before the broadcast is scheduled to begin at 10.45am BST

3) Three minutes before the broadcast is scheduled to begin, click on the option to “join” the lobby. While you are waiting for the broadcast to begin, you can interact with other audience members

4) Watch the Facebook Live video when it begins at 10.45am BST

5) Share your questions for the speakers in the comments section below the video

6) During the Q&A session, the PEI will ask our speakers the best questions from our Facebook Live audience

NB. Please note that these timings may be subject to change

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