Happened On: November 6 - 7th, 2019       Speke Resort Munyonyo, Kampala. Uganda

The Key Note Speakers

1. Professor Francis Omaswa

Francis Omaswa is the Executive Director of the African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation (CHEST), an independent Think Tank and Network that works to stimulate the growth of African rooted capacity for leadership and excellence in health and to make Africa a stronger player in global health.

His is the President, African Platform on Human Resources for Health (APHRH), the African Health systems Governance Network (Ashgovnet) and Co-Chair of the Global Policy Council on Health Worker Migration. He co-chairs the Independent Advisory Group to the WHO Director for the African Region.

He has served as Chancellor of Busitema University in Uganda, Special Adviser to the World Health Organization (WHO) Director General and founding Executive Director of the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA), Director General of Health Services in Uganda and founding Director of the Uganda Heart Institute.

He was Head of Cardiothoracic Surgery at University of Nairobi and Kenyatta National Hospital in Kenya, and founding Director of the Uganda Heart Institute at at Makerere University, Uganda. He is the founding President of the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa. He has a keen interest in access of the rural poor to quality health services and spent five years at the rural Ngora hospital coordinating and testing various approaches.

His current research interests are in Leadership and Governance Health Systems Governance, Health professionals education and training and Health Worker migration, retention and distribution. He is author of two books: “African Health Leaders, making change and claiming the future” and “Handbook for Health Ministers”.

At global level, he was chair of the GAVI Independent Review Committee, Senior Advisor to the Ministerial Leadership Initiative for Global Health, founding Chair of the Global Stop TB Partnership, Chair of the Portfolio and Procurement Committee of the Global Fund Board. He was a member of the steering committee of the High Level Forum on health-related MDGs. At the African Level, he has served on many committees and expert panels and he was the lead consultant in developing the African Union HIV Policy.

Francis Omaswa is a graduate of Makerere Medical School, Uganda, a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Ireland, the New York Academy of Medicine. He is an International Associate at the National Academy of Sciences of the USA and is a Senior Associate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has several qualifications in health services management and medical education. His contributions have been recognized by multiple meritorious awards nationally and internationally the latest being the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize awarded by Japan government in August, 2019 .

2. Dr. Aceng Jane Ruth

Dr. Aceng Jane Ruth is the Hon. Minister of Health- Uganda.   Dr. Aceng holds a Bachelor's Degree in Medicine (MBChB), MMED (Pediatrics), Masters in Public Health and a Diploma in Health System Strengthening.   She is a Pediatrician expert and is currently at the level of Senior Consultant Pediatrics. She is also a Public Health expert. Dr. Aceng has vast experience both as a manager and practicing medical personnel, which she accumulated while serving in various capacities as Medical Officer, Senior Medical Officer, Medical Officer Special Grade, Medical Superintendent, Consultant Pediatrician, Senior Consultant Pediatrician, Hospital Director and formerly as the Director General Health Services where she was responsible for coordinating technical functions for the delivery of Health services, a role she has fulfilled until her appointment as the Minister for Health.

As Hon. Minister of Health she possesses the Constitutional Powers and functions of spearheading the Ministry. Among them are Administration, Policy Formulation and direction. She is also responsible for defending the Ministerial budget and issue orders and statutory regulations on the sector. In addition to that she initiates and presents to Cabinet the Ministry memorandums and Accounts for the State, operations, function and achievements of the health sector.

3. Dr. Githinji Gitahi

A passionate advocate for pro-poor Universal Health Coverage, Githinji Gitahi joined Amref Health Africa as the Global Chief Executive Officer in June 2015. Amref Health Africa, founded in 1957, is the largest African-led international organization on the continent and reaches more than 11million people each year through 150 health-focused projects across 35 countries.

Until his appointment to Amref Health Africa, Dr Gitahi was the Vice President and Regional Director for Africa, Smile Train International. Prior to that, Dr Gitahi was Managing Director for Monitor Publications in Uganda as well as General Manager for Marketing and Circulation in East Africa for the Nation Media Group. He held progressively senior positions at GlaxoSmithKline and worked at the Avenue Group and in the insurance industry.

Dr Gitahi is Co-Chair of the UHC2030 Steering Committee, a global World Bank and World Health Organization (WHO) initiative for Universal Health Coverage (UHC). He is member of the Board of Directors of The Standard Group and was recently appointed by the Africa Union as a member of the Governing Board of the Africa Centre’s for Disease Control and prevention (Africa CDC). Dr Gitahi Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine from the University of Nairobi; a Master’s degree in Business Administration, majoring in Marketing, from United States International University and has a Certificate for Strategic Perspectives for Nonprofit Management from Harvard University. On Wednesday, December 12, 2018, Dr Githinji received a presidential commendation, ‘Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear’ (MBS) in recognition of outstanding contribution to the health sector in his continuing work at the helm of Amref Health Africa.

4. Dr. Nkechi Olalere

Dr. Nkechi Olalere joined SPARC, the Strategic Purchasing Africa Resource Center, in September 2019 as the Executive Director. SPARC is a resource hub aimed at strengthening purchasing capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa by connecting existing regional expertise and matching it with country demand to make better use of resources for health.

Dr. Olalere steers SPARC’s vision of empowering countries with knowledge and practical tools to make access to affordable and quality health care a reality for all. Dr. Olalere joined SPARC from the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc.(CHAI) where she served as the Regional Technical Advisor (East &West Africa) sustainable Health Financing.

Most recently, she also led CHAI’s support to the Rwanda Social Security Board as the Technical Advisor to the Community Based Health Insurance Scheme. In her previous assignments, she served as C-level executive in various Health Maintenance Organizations operating the National Health Insurance Scheme and private health insurance plans in Nigeria.

Dr. Olalere is a highly accomplished and innovative physician, with an MBA from Lagos Business School (Pan Atlantic University) and MPH from the University of Liverpool and has received various post-graduate trainings from Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health and IESE Business School, Navarra Spain.

She was nominated in 2015 for the Nigeria Healthcare Excellence Awards for Healthcare Media Excellence-Electronic (Special Awards Category) and received the Excellence Award in the Nigerian Top Executives in the Financial Services and Insurance Industry (2015) publication.