Will COVID-19 dictate a new paradigm in Africa?

A virtual event for young African public health leaders at the World Health Summit Regional Meeting in Uganda.

Research event
28 June 2021 — 2:30PM TO 4:00PM

This session highlights key public health themes seen from a young African leaders’ perspective, via a panel discussion of African leaders drawn from the Chatham House Africa Public Health Leaders Fellowship.

It forms part of the wider programme of the World Health Summit Regional Meeting 2021 in Uganda, and complements other global health and youth discussions at the summit.

Panellists discuss and provide advice on the following key topics:

  • Will COVID-19 dictate a new health paradigm for Africa?
  • How important is leadership to the quality of response to the pandemic locally, regionally, and nationally?
  • Is the way the private and public sectors have collaborated to face this pandemic something that can be built on to foster more resilient public health systems with the capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to health emergencies?
  • What possibilities for improvement exist in the post-pandemic environment?
  • Will the pandemic force a stronger prioritisation in the future regarding areas such as non-communicable diseases (NCDs), mental health, hygiene practices, nutrition, and antimicrobial resistance (AMR)?

The Chatham House Africa Public Health Leaders Fellowship supports the development of the next generation of public health leaders in Africa by helping participants build the knowledge, insight, and skills to develop and deliver national public health programmes, strategies, plans and policy in their own countries.

The programme is geared towards African nationalities working in Africa with a background in mid-level or senior public health management, who want to strengthen their public health leadership skills and knowledge in order to effect real and lasting change.

This session is co-hosted by the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA) and the Centre for Universal Health at Chatham House. 


Vivianne Ihekweazu, Nigeria Health Watch -Health Communication, Health Advocacy; African Public Health Leaders Fellow, Global Health Programme 

Brian Kermu Ngwatu, Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) - Infectious diseases & Global Health, Maternal and child health, adolescent care; African Public Health Leaders Fellow, Global Health Programme 

Abdulaziz Mohammed, CDC Africa, Mental Health, Immunization, HSS, Epidemiology, Outbreak Investigation; African Public Health Leaders Fellow, Global Health Programme 

Adesola Yinka-Ogunleye, Epidemiologist, Nigeria CDC; African Public Health Leaders Fellow, Global Health Programme 

Valerian Mwenda, Medical Epidemiologist at National Cancer Control Programme; African Public Health Leaders Fellow, Global Health Programme 

Ama Pokuaa Fenny, Senior Research Fellow at University of Ghana Legon; African Public Health Leaders Fellow, Global Health Programme 

Co-Chair: Belinda Bhoodoo, Africa Engagement Committee (Secondee) at IFPMA, Non-Executive Director at Eli lilly South Africa (Pty) Limited 

Co- Chair: Ade Adeyemi, Director, African Public Health Leaders Fellowship, Centre for Universal Health, Chatham House 

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