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.
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
Brigham and Women's Hospital in the Division of Global Health Equity: Fellow Physician
With extensive global experience in HIV, TB and DR TB, she worked In Lesotho an impoverished country completely surrounded by South Africa country, where she was one of the first doctors who diagnosed and treated HIV in that country. She joined PIH in 2007 to run the MDR-TB program for PIH-Lesotho. Under her leadership, PIH’s MDR-TB program became the national treatment program in the country reaching all 10 districts and a model for Africa. Dr. Satti supported national MDR-TB programs in more than 20 African countries and became the standard bearers for MDR-TB treatment. 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 assumed the role of Executive Director of PIH Lesotho, through which she focused on strengthening PIH’s Rural Initiative in 7 mountain clinics. She led the marked expansion and improvement of HIV and TB services and was the architect of the 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 recognized this work by asking PIH Lesotho to lead health sector reform efforts. The PIH model of HIV, TB and maternity services has been spread to 70 facilities (fully half of the primary care clinics in the country) supported by Universal Health Coverage (UHC) mapping tool to design service delivery to meet the burden of disease.
Currently she and her colleagues leading the introduction of the TB drugs in 16 countries , under END TB project funded by UNITAID.