Panellist contributing to the high-level forum on the session entitled ‘Lessons from the pandemic: an urgent call to
strengthen African health capacities’. My contributions stressed that we need to deal with health in a multifaceted way as its effects are widespread. Urgent concerns I suggested to be addressed: (i) The generation of timely and reliable
data (ii) Vaccine hesitancy (iii) Challenges with the disinvestment in infrastructure (iv) Strengthening our institutions
focussed on food insecurity, socio-economic precarity, and gender injustice.
Keynote: Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus (Director-General, World Health Organisation)
Fellow Panellists: Dr John Nkengasong (Director, Africa CDC) | H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Former President of
Liberia) | Professor Agnes Binagwaho (Vice Chair, Africa Europe Foundation Health Strategy Group) | Gayle Smith
(Coordinator for Global COVID Response, US State Department) | Reeta Roy (CEO, Mastercard Foundation)
Moderator: Dr Jendayi E. Frazer (Board Member, Mo Ibrahim Foundation).
Location: Virtual | Date: 3 June 2021