The Third GBC (Global Business
Coalition) Corporate Africa Partnerships for
Prevention and Care Africa Health Conference
built upon the successes of the first conference
in Ghana in 2007, and the shortcomings experienced
in Nigeria in 2008. The event was hailed as
a great success. It achieved an attendance of
150 delegates on the first day and 20 journalists.
The Conference had already established a sound
reputation for promoting private public partnerships
across national health and Medicare services
in Africa, strongly supported by investors and
governments. The event took place at the Safari
Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya, from 12 to 14 July
2009. It was chaired by Dr. Andrew Suleh, Chairman
of Kenya's National Medical Association.
GBC Corporate Africa Partnerships for Prevention
and Care Africa Health Conference 2009 was supported
by the Kenyan Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation,
the East African Community Secretariat, Ministry
of Health Cote d¡¯Ivoire and leading Health Science
companies and investors including BD, Novo Nordisk,
Novartis, La Gray Chemical Company, DHL, AngloGold
Ashanti, and Price Waterhouse Coopers.
for the Third GBC Corporate Africa Partnerships
for Prevention and Care Africa Health Conference
consisted of several formats including:
- Plenary sessions featuring
excellent and thought provoking presentations
- Internationally acclaim
speakers and highly interactive discussion sessions
- A total of 32 speakers,
1 chairperson and delegates from 17 countries
formed the core of the conference and thematic
workshops. In total there were 150 delegates.
commenced with a presentation from Kellie Whitlock,
outlining the content of the event and informing
the audience that the GBC (Global Business Coalition)
is no longer a part of the Partnerships for Prevention
and Care Africa Health Conference. The GBC had
started their own event, that aimed to develop
the skills of their members, which augurs well
for African nations if it were to lead to an increase
in their members capabilities to invest in healthcare.
Kellie thanked the GBC and sponsors for their
support over the last three years and looked forward
to a stronger and deeper Partnerships for Prevention
and Care across all African nations.
The conference was
filled with exceptional presentations but several
received multiple feedbacks from all in attendance.
Notable presentations that evoked strong responses
included Dr. Nathan Mulure of Novartis, who spoke
about Malaria tablets and the response of children
in Kenya to bitter and sweet varieties; Detlef
Siewert, BD, short film about HIV and TB followed
by their workshop attracted much interest, and
Dr. Mark nelson from Westminster Hospital, London
who spoke about the importance and role of nurses
in caring for HIV/AIDS patients. His name was
on the lips of the audience following the presentation.
The Honourable Health Minister¡¯s speech was vibrant
and welcoming; she spoke about investments into
health and Medicare in Kenya, and declared her
Government¡¯s support for PPPs (Private Public
Partnerships) across national healthcare.
The last workshop
was by Novo Nordisk. It promoted Diabetes in Africa
and the problems experienced by Diabetics living
with HIV and TB. The workshop was not so well
attended but the audience were all specialists
looking to build on their understanding about
Diabetes in Kenya and Africa, and how it could
be better controlled and resourced.
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Minister of Public Health, Beth Mugo, during the
Corporate Africa Health Conference in Kenya
Andrew Suleh, president of Kenya Medical Association
(left), and Detlef Seiwert, BD Business Director
|Dr Mark Nelson, Westminster
and Chelsea Hospital, UK