Business Lunch & Roundtable on Linking Health and Economic Growth In Africa

From L to R: Florizelle Liser, President and CEO, CCA. H.E. Dr. Aouélé Eugène Aka Minister of Health and Public Hygiene, Côte d'Ivoire, Dr. Jeffrey Sturchio, CEO, Rabin Martin; Hon. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, Minister of Health, Republic of Ghana; H.E. Dr. Hala Zaid, Minister of Health and Population, Republic of Egypt; Hon. Michel Sidibé, Minister of Health and Social Affairs, Republic of Mali; Dr. Kamel Ghribi, GK Investment Holding Group Switzerland & GSD Healthcare, Middle East; Dr. Paolo Rotelli, President, San Raffaele Hospital (IRCCS) & San Raffaele University; Vice President, San Donato Hospital (IRCCS) Italy; Hon. Dr. Alfred Madigele, Minister of Health, Republic of Botswana; Ms. Bonnie Glick, Deputy Administrator, USAID;    Hon. Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, Minister of Health, Republic of Uganda;  Ms. Susan Silbermann, Global President, Emerging Markets, Pfizer Inc.; Hon. Jacqueline Lydia Mikolo, Minister of Health & Population, Republic of Congo

From L to R: Florizelle Liser, President and CEO, CCA. H.E. Dr. Aouélé Eugène Aka Minister of Health and Public Hygiene, Côte d'Ivoire, Dr. Jeffrey Sturchio, CEO, Rabin Martin; Hon. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, Minister of Health, Republic of Ghana; H.E. Dr. Hala Zaid, Minister of Health and Population, Republic of Egypt; Hon. Michel Sidibé, Minister of Health and Social Affairs, Republic of Mali; Dr. Kamel Ghribi, GK Investment Holding Group Switzerland & GSD Healthcare, Middle East; Dr. Paolo Rotelli, President, San Raffaele Hospital (IRCCS) & San Raffaele University; Vice President, San Donato Hospital (IRCCS) Italy; Hon. Dr. Alfred Madigele, Minister of Health, Republic of Botswana; Ms. Bonnie Glick, Deputy Administrator, USAID;    Hon. Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, Minister of Health, Republic of Uganda;  Ms. Susan Silbermann, Global President, Emerging Markets, Pfizer Inc.; Hon. Jacqueline Lydia Mikolo, Minister of Health & Population, Republic of Congo

 

On the margins of the 74th U.N. General Assembly and the U.N. High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage in New York, Corporate Council on Africa hosted a Business Luncheon and Roundtable on Linking Health and Economic Growth in Africa. The Roundtable featured 9 African Ministers as well as leadership from USAID and over 100 U.S. and African public and private sector leaders focused on improving health outcomes to drive economic growth on the continent. The Roundtable served as a platform for participants to identify challenges to increased investment in Africa’s health sector and explore partnership opportunities aimed at strengthening health systems.  

The event began with opening remarks from President and CEO, Ms. Florie Liser as well as CCA Chairman of the Board Dr. Jeffrey Sturchio, followed by special remarks from Ms. Susan Silbermann, Global President, Emerging Markets, Pfizer Inc. and Dr. Kamel Ghribi, GK Investment Holding Group Switzerland & GSD Healthcare, Middle East.   

The roundtable also featured a Ministerial Panel which was moderated by Dr. Jeffrey Sturchio and included Hon. Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, Minister of Health, Republic of Uganda; Hon. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, Minister of Health, Republic of Ghana; Ms. Bonnie Glick, Deputy Administrator, USAID; Hon. Sicily Kariuki, Minister of Health, Republic of Kenya; Hon. Dr. Alfred Madigele, Minister of Health, Republic of Botswana; Dr. Paolo Rotelli, President, San Raffaele Hospital (IRCCS) & San Raffaele University; Vice President, San Donato Hospital (IRCCS) Italy; Hon. Michel Sidibé, Minister of Health and Social Affairs, Republic of Mali; H.E. Dr. Hala Zaid, Minister of Health and Population, Republic of Egypt. Hon. Jacqueline Lydia Mikolo, Minister of Health & Population, Republic of Congo and H.E. Dr. Aouélé Eugène Aka Minister of Health and Public Hygiene, Côte d'Ivoire were also in attendance.

Panelists discussed some of the biggest health challenges in their respective countries and how private sector capabilities can help address these issues. Hon. Sicily Kariuki noted the struggle around aligning political focus with healthcare needs in Kenya; while Hon. Dr. Sidibé also noted challenges of prioritizing healthcare against pressing issues such as security in Mali. Hon. Dr. Madigele said given that Botswana is vast and sparsely populated, ensuring access and quality care to citizens across the country is a top priority of the Health Ministry. Hon. Zaid also discussed how ensuring access to quality care is a priority in Egypt, especially considering its high population. The panelists also discussed the importance of leveraging public-private partnerships to achieve stronger health systems and healthier populations. Panelists encouraged the businesses in the room to engage in increased investment in their countries’ health industry.

The Roundtable ended with closing remarks from President and CEO, CCA Ms. Florie Liser who thanked all who participated and extended a special thank you to the event sponsors, Pfizer Inc. and Gruppo San Donato.