In various African countries, the health sector is faced with multiple challenges including a rising double burden of disease, poor infrastructure, shortage of healthcare workers and resources, access, quality, inequity and many more. It is imperative that these issues are tackled as health status is crucial to increased productivity and economic development. Our esteemed panelists will share their experiences and discuss the various ways through which they have leveraged opportunities for innovation and generated solutions to various healthcare challenges.
Former Minister of Health of Rwanda
Professor Binagwaho is a Rwandan pediatrician who completed her MD in General Medicine at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles and her MA in Pediatrics MA at the Universite de Bretagne Occidentale. She returned to Rwanda in 1996. She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science from Dartmouth College and earned a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Rwanda College of Business and Economics, with her PhD Dissertation titled "Children’s Right to Health in the Context of the HIV Epidemic.
From 2002-2016, she served the Rwandan Health Sector in high-level government positions, first as the Executive Secretary of Rwanda's National AIDS Control Commission, then as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, and then during 5 years as the Minister of Health. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, a Professor of the Practice of Global Health Delivery at the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda, and an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.
She has held an array of leadership and advisory positions on national and international scale. Presently, she serves on: the African Advisory Board of the Steven Lewis Foundation; the Advisory Board of the Friends of the Global Fund Africa; and the Advisory Committee of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative; the Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control in Developing Countries; the Global He@lth Innovative Task Force; the editorial boards of the Journal of Health and Human Rights and the Public Library of Science (PLOS); the International Strategic Advisory Board for the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London; the Advisory Committee Member of the Disease Control Priorities 3 (DCP3); and multiple Lancet Commissions, including the Lancet-O'Neill Institute Georgetown University Commission on Global Health and Law, the Harvard Global Equity Initiative - Lancet Commission on Global Access to Pain Control and Palliative Care, the Lancet Commission for the Future of Health in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology Commission, and the Lancet NCDI Poverty Commission: Reframing NCDs and Injuries of the Poorest Billion.
In 2015, She received the annual Roux Prize and Ronald McDonald House Charities Award of Excellence With over 150 peer-reviewed publications, her academic engagements include research across areas including health equity, HIV/AIDS, information and communication technologies (ICT) in e-health, and pediatric care delivery systems.
MicroClinic Technologies: Managing Partner, Founder.
Dr. Lantum is a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years experience in general medicine and health care management in resource limited settings, and with specific expertise in m-Health and e-Health in the Africa health setting. As managing director and founder of MicroClinic Technologies, he carried out extensive market research in public and private clinics to establish the optimal user experience for mobile electronic medical records systems in Africa. This led to the development of a) ZiDi™, the first enterprise health management system to be adopted by the Ministry of Health in Kenya, and subsequently, b) iSikCure, the first mobile information exchange platform in Africa, for which is the scale process. He has grown ZiDi™ to become the leading EMR solution in Kenya, through partnerships with the Ministry of Health and Counties, private provider networks, CSR partners (GSK Health Innovation Award, Pfizer Foundation, and strategic partners including Huawei Technologies, Philips East Africa, and other stakeholders in the Every Woman Every Child consortium).
Prior to founding MicroClinic Technologies. Dr. Lantum played multiple executive roles in a Fortune 500 manufacturing company and was director of business process improvement for a $6 billion New York-based health insurance company in the USA.
Dr. Lantum obtained his Doctor of Medicine training at Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Yaoundé, Cameroon; a Diploma in Nutrition and International Child Health, from Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden; a Doctorate in Pharmacology, from the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York. He is a graduate of the Masters in Health Care Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Lantum is a recipient of numerous international awards, including the 2014 Sankalp Award, the 2013 and 2015 GSK-Save the Children Healthcare Innovation Award, and was runner up for the 2014 IFC/Financial Time Sustainable Business Award. He was nominated as 2016 Top 100 Global Thinker by Foreign Policy Magazine. He currently splits his time between New York and Kenya.
Aspen Management Partnership for Health : Director
Serufusa is the Director of Country Engagement for the Aspen Management Partnership for Health (AMP Health). AMP Health is a multi-stakeholder partnership that is based at the Aspen Institute in Washington DC that supports ministries of health build their management capacity. Having started in Kenya in early 2016, AMP Health is currently in Malawi and Sierra Leone as well and looking to expand.
Serufusa is a medical doctor and has focused the last four years on helping low-and middle-income countries strengthen their health systems. For his work in the Gambia, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, and China, he was recently adjudged by industry peers to be Britain's Young Consultant of the Year 2015. He is a social entrepreneur and has started and run several global health ventures. For this, he was selected Young Global Leader at the 2013 Ministerial Forum for China-Africa Health Development. Serufusa has worked clinically in China – where he received his medical doctor training; Uganda; and, South Sudan - where he was the founding medical director of South Sudan's then largest private medical hospital. He is in the 2015 class of Aspen New Voices Fellows.
LiveWell Initiative LWI: Chief Executive Officer
Bisi Bright is a Consultant Clinical Pharmacist, Lecturer and Public Health Manager. She is 1st Vice Chairman and CEO of LiveWell Initiative LWI, a self- sustaining nonprofit healthcare social enterprise which is targeted at empowering populations across the spectrum with health literacy. Through its Academy, the organization has trained and mentored several pharmacy undergraduates and postgraduate students, as well as trained over 300 pharmacists, and medical doctors / nurses and public health practitioners in several short skills courses; sensitizing them to the roles of pharmacists in providing access to, and empowering them to improve the use of, medicines. In particular, Bisi served on the FIP Working Group on Maternal & Child Health and, the FIP Working Group on Patients as Partners. She was the FIP PI Exco for Africa & the Middle East, from 2008-2012. A former Secretary General of the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists, Bisi sits on the Faculty of the Economist Conferences’ Healthcare in Africa. She has written over 100 published articles, some of which are in peer- reviewed journals and she has supervised over 15 Postgraduate project theses; the most recent of which is a co-supervision of a Doctoral Thesis at the University of Helsinki, Finland. She is a two-time International Award winner of the IATDM/CT and a winner of other awards, local and international. Bisi is Deputy National Coordinator of the World Hepatitis Alliance WHA national chapter in Nigeria, and Assistant Secretary General of the Healthcare Federation of Nigeria HFN. Her organization LiveWell Initiative LWI, has outreached over 1.5 million Nigerians and over 3,000 ghanaians with health literacy and empowerment, and has, in the process, assisted in improving medicines access through innovative drug distributive methods at the health outreaches. Bisi Bright is happily married with children and grandchildren.
Health Strategy & Delivery Foundation: Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Kelechi Ohiri has over 15 years’ experience in the healthcare sector spanning clinical medicine, consultancy and advisory in the public and private sectors. He is the CEO of Health Strategy & Delivery Foundation, a Visiting Scientist in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and the former Special Adviser to the Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance in Nigeria. He also served as a Senior Adviser to two Ministers of Health in Nigeria.
Prior to this, he was an Engagement Manager with the London Office of McKinsey & Company, where he served clients in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Before McKinsey, Dr. Ohiri worked with the World Bank Group in Washington DC having joined through the Young Professionals' Program. His focus was on social protection and strengthening health systems in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
Dr. Ohiri has written policy papers, peer-reviewed academic publications, co-authored books on health systems and has served on expert advisory panels for the Institute of Medicine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Bank and the World Health Organization.
He is currently on the board of the World Health Organization's Alliance for Health Systems and Policy Research, served as Chair of a working group on Programmatic Sustainability for the Global Fund to Fight Against AIDS, TB and Malaria, and as Co-Chair for the Business Planning Team of the new Global Financing Facility for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. He is a 2013 Desmond Tutu Fellow of the African Leadership Institute, a Fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative – West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network
Partners In Health: Deputy Chief Medical Director
Hind Satti, MBBS, MPH is an Associate Physician in the Division of Global Health Equity and the Deputy Chief Medical Director of Partners In Health. Dr. Satti joined Partners In Health in 2007 to lead MDR-TB efforts in Lesotho for Partners In Health. Under her leadership, the MDR-TB program became the national treatment program in Lesotho reaching all ten districts, serving as a model for many countries in Africa. Dr. Satti has since supported national MDR-TB programs in more than 20 African countries. She is a member of the Global DR TB Initiative (GDI) and the Chair for DR TB for the Regional Green Light Committee for the AFRO region supporting over 47 African DR TB programs.
In 2009 Dr. Satti was named Executive Director of Partners in Health, Lesotho where she focuses on strengthening Partners In Health’s Rural Initiative in seven mountain clinics. She led the marked expansion and improvement of HIV and TB services and was the architect of Lesotho’s national Maternal Mortality Reduction program which brought facility based delivery rates in these rural clinics from 30% to nearly 100%. In 2012, the government of Lesotho invited Partners in Health, Lesotho to lead health sector reform efforts under Dr. Satti’s leadership. As a result, the Partners In Health model of HIV, TB and maternity services has been spread to half of the primary care clinics in the country.