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one by one UHC Webinar & Report Launch

Finding Opportunity in Crisis:

How to Use COVID-19 to Build Better UHC Systems in Africa

June 5th, 2020  10:00 -11:30 am EST • 5:00-6:30 PM EAT
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Hosted By:

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In Partnership with:

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Funding Partners:

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In discussion with H.E. former President Jakaya Kikwete, senior Africa officials, and global health experts, this high-level webinar focused on how the COVID-19 pandemic underscores a pressing need to implement UHC. Speakers highlighted how multi-sectoral collaboration is a pathway to achieving resilient, sustainable, and quality UHC in Africa by 2030. 

At the event, Harvard Global Health Institute and The Access Challenge launched the 2020 One by One UHC Report, “Africa Leads the Way: Harnessing Multi-sectoral Collaboration to Achieve UHC.” an outcome of One by One UHC Conference 2019, which occurred alongside the 74th UN General Assembly.

This is a webinar for African leadership, communities, and global partners to discuss how cooperation through the COVID-19 response can build the necessary foundation for equitable and affordable health systems for all.



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Introduction and Welcome Address

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Kate Campana

President & CEO,

The Access Challenge

10:00 am

Opening Keynote


Dr. Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti 

Regional Director, Africa,

World Health Organization

10:05 am

Report Launch

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Stefanie Friedhoff

Director of Content & Strategy, Harvard Global Health Institute

10:15 am

Panel Discussion

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H.E. Amira El Fadil

Commissioner of Social Affairs,

African Union

Dr. Naveen Rao

Senior Vice President,

 Health Initiative,

The Rockefeller Foundation

H.E. Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete,

Former President of the United Republic of Tanzania

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Dr. Mary-Ann Etiebet

Lead and Executive Director, 

Merck for Mothers

Rob Yates

Head of the Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House

10:20 am

Q&A With the Speakers

11:10 am

Closing Remarks

Kate Campana

President & CEO,

The Access Challenge

11:30 am



This report is an outcome of One by One UHC Conference 2019, which occurred alongside the 74th UN General Assembly. This report discusses the relationship between human health, climate change, and environmental resources such as water, food, and air, and their importance in achieving UHC in Africa. By focusing on access to nutritious food, clean water, and air as the building blocks of a healthy society, the report examines the relationship between diseases prevalent in Africa and these fundamental underlying causes. The Report also shows how if left unmitigated, climate change will undermine these critical multi-sectoral efforts to improve health.

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