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WHO AFRO to host the inaugural Africa Health Forum in Kigali, Rwanda

21 June 2017

Brazzaville, 21 June 2017 – For the first time, WHO’s Regional Office for Africa (AFRO) is convening a meeting of global leaders and thinkers to explore Africa’s healthcare priorities and challenges and find new ways to achieve better health for all. The Africa Health Forum will take place in Kigali, Rwanda on 27 and 28 June 2017.

Organised under the theme: “Putting People First: The Road to Universal Health Coverage in Africa”, the event will provide a platform to forge new partnerships for delivering Universal Health Coverage (UHC), a mechanism for improving access to quality, affordable healthcare for all, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, said that the Forum provides a unique opportunity for its partners. “Health is at the heart of the SDGs, and is critical for better quality of life. AFRO is committed to working with countries and partners to attain the highest possible level of health for Africa’s people. This forum will help pave the way to attain UHC across the continent. We are convinced that together, we can do more to save lives and achieve a prosperous and sustainable future for all.” 

Experts from a wide range of backgrounds will speak at the WHO Africa Health Forum, including academics, government representatives, the private sector and youth organisations. 

Themes to be covered at the two-day event will include:

• Health financing; 

• Health security;

• Health research, innovation and data; 

• UHC and the private sector in Africa;

• Old enemies such as HIV and the rise of new threats such as non-communicable diseases.

There will also be special sessions on e-health and its role in Africa and the health of young people. 

To register to attend the event, please visit

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For more information, contact:

Collins Boakye-Agyemang, WHO Regional Office for Africa at +242 06 520 6565 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  


About the WHO 

Our goal is to build a better, healthier future for people all over the world. As the lead health authority within the United Nations system in more than 150 countries, WHO staff work side by side with governments and other partners to ensure the highest attainable level of health for all people. 

Together we strive to combat diseases – infectious diseases like influenza and HIV and noncommunicable ones like cancer and heart disease. We help mothers and children survive and thrive so they can look forward to a healthy old age. We ensure the safety of the air people breathe, the food they eat, the water they drink, and the medicines and vaccines they need. 



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