The International Institute for Primary Health Care (IPHC-E) in collaboration with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health (MoH-E) and supported by the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health is organizing the very first International Conference on Primary Health Care in the wake of the Astana Global Conference on Primary Health Care held by the World Health Organization and partners on October 2018. Preceding the main conference in 2023, IPHC-E plans on organizing a virtual pre-conference event on September 7-8, 2022. The pre-conference is an integral part of the bigger conference as it will offer a glimpse of the main conference’s offerings, jumpstart discussions, and launch a longer-term networking platform.

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The Pre-Conference

The theme for this two-day virtual pre-conference is Primary Health Care in the face of a changing world: the past, present, future, as well as challenges and opportunities for financing PHC. This meeting provides an opportunity to evaluate our progress in PHC towards universal health coverage, the impacts of COVID-19 on PHC, the complexities of health financing for PHC, and overall strategies for the way forward towards achieving PHC goals. Throughout the sessions, we will hear from both high-level and youth speakers that will provide their perspectives on the next steps needed to achieve better health systems globally. The pre-conference will take place for two hours each day, and pre-conference registration will be free and open to anyone who would like to attend.

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  • Who is the target audience?

    The pre-conference aims to convene Ministries of Health, PHC leaders and advocates, senior representatives of UN agencies and international organizations, researchers and scientists, health workers, civil society organizations, academia, professional associations, and private sector organizations from across the world.

  • What is the purpose of this conference?

    To provide a forum for attendees from a wide variety of sectors to share knowledge and best practices in PHC.

  • What will I gain from attending the conference?

    - Updates on relevant PHC interventions.
    - An accessible and exclusive platform to network with individuals working across PHC including but not limited to Ministries of Health, PHC leaders, senior representatives of UN agencies and international organizations, researchers and scientists, health workers, civil society organizations, academia, professional associations, and private sector organizations from across the world.
    - Engagement with plenary topics that will open up dialogue around the core principles of PHC and the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on PHC systems.
    - Discussion and reflection in concurrent sessions on the advancements made in community engagement, multi-sectoral collaborations in health policies, integrated service delivery, and the role of donors in PHC financing, and the integration of fragmented PHC financing.
    - Take advantage of conference features like an interactive discussion board to continue to explore connections at your own pace.

Meet our speakers and moderators

H.E. Dr. Lia TadesseOpening Remark

Dr. Lia Tadesse Gebremedhin, is serving as Minister of Health of Ethiopia since March 2020. Prior to this appointment, Lia served as State Minister of Health from November 2018. Before that, she served as the Program Director at the University of Michigan's Center for International Reproductive Health Training, was CEO and Vice Provost in St. Paul's Hospital Millennium Medical College in Addis Ababa, and Project Director of USAID's Maternal and Child Survival Program at Jhpiego-Ethiopia. Dr. Lia’s passion is strengthening and reforming health systems and has received recognition for her accomplishments in fighting the covid-19 pandemic, advocacy for gender equity, access to quality health services and training. Dr. Lia is currently co-chair of the COVAX AMC Engagement Group and of the Global Financing Facility (GFF). Dr. Lia earned her medical degree from Jimma University, specialty training in Obstetrics and Gynecology from Addis Ababa University, and a Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration from Jimma University. Lia Tadesse Gebremedhin has served in the Health Sector for over 20 years.

H.E. Dr. Lia TadesseOpening Remark

Dr. Lia Tadesse Gebremedhin, is serving as Minister of Health of Ethiopia since March 2020. Prior to this appointment, Lia served as State Minister of Health from November 2018. Before that, she served as the Program Director at the University of Michigan's Center for International Reproductive Health Training, was CEO and Vice Provost in St. Paul's Hospital Millennium Medical College in Addis Ababa, and Project Director of USAID's Maternal and Child Survival Program at Jhpiego-Ethiopia. Dr. Lia’s passion is strengthening and reforming health systems and has received recognition for her accomplishments in fighting the covid-19 pandemic, advocacy for gender equity, access to quality health services and training. Dr. Lia is currently co-chair of the COVAX AMC Engagement Group and of the Global Financing Facility (GFF). Dr. Lia earned her medical degree from Jimma University, specialty training in Obstetrics and Gynecology from Addis Ababa University, and a Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration from Jimma University. Lia Tadesse Gebremedhin has served in the Health Sector for over 20 years.

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Dr. Githinji GitahiSpeaker | Plenary | Core Principles of PHC

Dr Githinji Gitahi is the Group CEO of Amref Health Africa, the largest health development international NGO headquartered in Africa, delivering health access to more than 20 million people in over 35 countries. Dr Gitahi is renown as a leader on the global and regional front with notable achievements - including co-chairing the global UHC2030 movement; serving on the Commission on Africa’s COVID-19 Response; serving as a member of the Governing Board of Africa CDC and was recently appointed to the Board of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI). He also serves on the Board of The Standard Group in Kenya and the Board of Trustees of Safaricom Foundation. He is a vocal advocate for pro-poor Universal Health Coverage and leads the largest thought leadership convening on the African health agenda.

Dr. Githinji GitahiSpeaker | Plenary | Core Principles of PHC

Dr Githinji Gitahi is the Group CEO of Amref Health Africa, the largest health development international NGO headquartered in Africa, delivering health access to more than 20 million people in over 35 countries. Dr Gitahi is renown as a leader on the global and regional front with notable achievements - including co-chairing the global UHC2030 movement; serving on the Commission on Africa’s COVID-19 Response; serving as a member of the Governing Board of Africa CDC and was recently appointed to the Board of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI). He also serves on the Board of The Standard Group in Kenya and the Board of Trustees of Safaricom Foundation. He is a vocal advocate for pro-poor Universal Health Coverage and leads the largest thought leadership convening on the African health agenda.

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Asiya Odugleh-KolevSpeaker | Concurrent Session | Community engagement in PHC

Asiya Odugleh-Kolev leads on community engagement for quality, people-centred health services within the Department of Integrated Health Service (IHS), WHO/HQ. Her previous roles include: team leader, behavioural and social interventions for epidemic readiness and response, WHO; national officer, programme communication and social mobilization, UNICEF Somalia; and community development, Sheffield, UK.
Asiya qualified as a Registered General Nurse from the UK. She holds a BA (Hons) in Third World Studies with Anthropology - University of East London; a Postgraduate Diploma in Print Journalism - University of Westminster, London; and a Master’s in Public Health - London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Asiya Odugleh-KolevSpeaker | Concurrent Session | Community engagement in PHC

Asiya Odugleh-Kolev leads on community engagement for quality, people-centred health services within the Department of Integrated Health Service (IHS), WHO/HQ. Her previous roles include: team leader, behavioural and social interventions for epidemic readiness and response, WHO; national officer, programme communication and social mobilization, UNICEF Somalia; and community development, Sheffield, UK.
Asiya qualified as a Registered General Nurse from the UK. She holds a BA (Hons) in Third World Studies with Anthropology - University of East London; a Postgraduate Diploma in Print Journalism - University of Westminster, London; and a Master’s in Public Health - London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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Dr. Matiko RiroModerator | Plenary | Deeper dive in health financing for PHC

Matiko Riro is a medical doctor and a health economist, currently working with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) as the Regional Technical Advisor for Health Financing. Based in Nairobi, Matiko is supporting a number Sub-Saharan African countries in health financing reforms towards achieving UHC. He has previously worked several organizations as well as the government to drive innovations and initiatives geared towards health systems strengthening.

Dr. Matiko RiroModerator | Plenary | Deeper dive in health financing for PHC

Matiko Riro is a medical doctor and a health economist, currently working with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) as the Regional Technical Advisor for Health Financing. Based in Nairobi, Matiko is supporting a number Sub-Saharan African countries in health financing reforms towards achieving UHC. He has previously worked several organizations as well as the government to drive innovations and initiatives geared towards health systems strengthening.

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Prof. Dina BalabanovaSpeaker | Concurrent Session | Political economy of PHC financing

Dina Balabanova is a Professor in Health Systems and Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, with over 25 years of experience in research on governance, effective delivery models and health systems strengthening. She leads a portfolio on good governance and anti-corruption research in Bangladesh, Nigeria, Tanzania and Malawi, research on health systems responses to the NCD and on creating learning networks. D.Balabanova led the ‘Good Health at Low Cost’ project examining how some countries—including Ethiopia—have made major advances in health and access to services than others with similar income. She was a Health Systems Global board member (2012-18) and sits on the technical team of the Lancet Commission on PHC Financing for LMICs.

Prof. Dina BalabanovaSpeaker | Concurrent Session | Political economy of PHC financing

Dina Balabanova is a Professor in Health Systems and Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, with over 25 years of experience in research on governance, effective delivery models and health systems strengthening. She leads a portfolio on good governance and anti-corruption research in Bangladesh, Nigeria, Tanzania and Malawi, research on health systems responses to the NCD and on creating learning networks. D.Balabanova led the ‘Good Health at Low Cost’ project examining how some countries—including Ethiopia—have made major advances in health and access to services than others with similar income. She was a Health Systems Global board member (2012-18) and sits on the technical team of the Lancet Commission on PHC Financing for LMICs.

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Dr. Ellen J. MacKenzieKeynote Speaker | Plenary | Core Principles of PHC

Ellen J. MacKenzie is the 11th Dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the world’s oldest and largest independent school of public health. Dean MacKenzie leads an organization that includes 875 full-time faculty working in over 60 countries and teaching more than 3,500 students from 97 nations.

A leading injury prevention and trauma services research expert, Dean MacKenzie was named a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor in 2017, recognizing her interdisciplinary work in trauma care and rehabilitation. She founded the Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium (METRC), a national network of more than 50 civilian and military trauma centers. She has held key leadership positions at the Bloomberg School including Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management, Director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. She has joint appointments in the Department of Biostatistics and the School of Medicine’s departments of Orthopaedics, Physical Medicine Rehabilitation and Emergency Medicine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named Dean MacKenzie one of 20 leaders and visionaries who have had a transformative effect on the field of violence and injury prevention in the past 20 years. In 2018, Dean MacKenzie was elected to the National Academy of Medicine. She has authored more than 240 publications.

Dean MacKenzie received a BA in Mathematics from Douglass College – Rutgers University and a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy from the Department of Biostatistics at the Bloomberg School.

Dr. Ellen J. MacKenzieKeynote Speaker | Plenary | Core Principles of PHC

Ellen J. MacKenzie is the 11th Dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the world’s oldest and largest independent school of public health. Dean MacKenzie leads an organization that includes 875 full-time faculty working in over 60 countries and teaching more than 3,500 students from 97 nations.

A leading injury prevention and trauma services research expert, Dean MacKenzie was named a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor in 2017, recognizing her interdisciplinary work in trauma care and rehabilitation. She founded the Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium (METRC), a national network of more than 50 civilian and military trauma centers. She has held key leadership positions at the Bloomberg School including Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management, Director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. She has joint appointments in the Department of Biostatistics and the School of Medicine’s departments of Orthopaedics, Physical Medicine Rehabilitation and Emergency Medicine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named Dean MacKenzie one of 20 leaders and visionaries who have had a transformative effect on the field of violence and injury prevention in the past 20 years. In 2018, Dean MacKenzie was elected to the National Academy of Medicine. She has authored more than 240 publications.

Dean MacKenzie received a BA in Mathematics from Douglass College – Rutgers University and a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy from the Department of Biostatistics at the Bloomberg School.

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Cynthia CharchiModerator | Concurrent Session | Future of PHC financing

Cynthia Charchi is a Senior Associate of the CHAI Health Financing program. Cynthia has over 7 years’ experience working with global and country teams across the USA, Africa and Asia to develop and share evidence and practical knowledge to design and implement policies that advance Universal Health Coverage in Sub-Saharam Africa (SSA). She is completing an MBA in Healthcare Management from Strathmore Business School in Nairobi, and has a Bachelor’s degree in Health Policy and Economics from Brandeis University.

Cynthia CharchiModerator | Concurrent Session | Future of PHC financing

Cynthia Charchi is a Senior Associate of the CHAI Health Financing program. Cynthia has over 7 years’ experience working with global and country teams across the USA, Africa and Asia to develop and share evidence and practical knowledge to design and implement policies that advance Universal Health Coverage in Sub-Saharam Africa (SSA). She is completing an MBA in Healthcare Management from Strathmore Business School in Nairobi, and has a Bachelor’s degree in Health Policy and Economics from Brandeis University.

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Saran EllisModerator | Concurrent Session | Role of donors in PHC financing

Saran Ellis, Saran is a Senior Program Officer in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Ethiopia Country Office. She is a member of the Ethiopia Integrated Health team that supports health systems strengthening. Her focal areas are pharmaceutical supply chain and healthcare financing investments.
Saran brings to the foundation several years of varied public health experience in the Africa region, and has worked in general program management, Human Resources for Health and Health Systems Strengthening initiatives in various countries.
Her academic background includes a bachelor’s degree in economics from Trinity College, and master’s degrees in Applied Economics (Johns Hopkins University) and Public Health (Yale University).

Saran EllisModerator | Concurrent Session | Role of donors in PHC financing

Saran Ellis, Saran is a Senior Program Officer in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Ethiopia Country Office. She is a member of the Ethiopia Integrated Health team that supports health systems strengthening. Her focal areas are pharmaceutical supply chain and healthcare financing investments.
Saran brings to the foundation several years of varied public health experience in the Africa region, and has worked in general program management, Human Resources for Health and Health Systems Strengthening initiatives in various countries.
Her academic background includes a bachelor’s degree in economics from Trinity College, and master’s degrees in Applied Economics (Johns Hopkins University) and Public Health (Yale University).

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Dr. Gerald ManthaluModerator | Concurrent Session | Integration of fragmented PHC financing

Gerald Manthalu is a Deputy Director of Planning and Policy Development in the Ministry of Health in Malawi where he has worked for 19 years. His focus areas include health sector planning, health care financing, resource allocation and health benefits package design. His research has focussed on optimal choices for UHC. Gerald holds a PhD in Health Economics (2011-2014) from the University of Aberdeen, an MSc in Health Economics (2006-07) from the University of York and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science (1999-2003) from the University of Malawi. He is the Chairperson of the Health Economics Association of Malawi.

Dr. Gerald ManthaluModerator | Concurrent Session | Integration of fragmented PHC financing

Gerald Manthalu is a Deputy Director of Planning and Policy Development in the Ministry of Health in Malawi where he has worked for 19 years. His focus areas include health sector planning, health care financing, resource allocation and health benefits package design. His research has focussed on optimal choices for UHC. Gerald holds a PhD in Health Economics (2011-2014) from the University of Aberdeen, an MSc in Health Economics (2006-07) from the University of York and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science (1999-2003) from the University of Malawi. He is the Chairperson of the Health Economics Association of Malawi.

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Dr. Cheryl CashinSpeaker | Concurrent Session | Integration of fragmented PHC financing

Cheryl Cashin, is a managing director at Results for Development. She is a PhD health economist with more than 30 years of experience in academia, and policy design and implementation, primarily focused on improving knowledge and practice to better leverage health financing for universal health coverage.
As a managing director at R4D, Dr. Cashin provides strategic and technical leadership for roughly half of the organization’s portfolio of programs and serves on the R4D executive team. She has been a leader in the global effort to build new models of support for countries to address complex health system issues in the journey toward universal health coverage. She is a regular on the faculty of WHO’s global advanced course on health financing, and she recently served as a Commissioner on the Lancet Global Health Commission for Financing Primary Health Care.

Dr. Cheryl CashinSpeaker | Concurrent Session | Integration of fragmented PHC financing

Cheryl Cashin, is a managing director at Results for Development. She is a PhD health economist with more than 30 years of experience in academia, and policy design and implementation, primarily focused on improving knowledge and practice to better leverage health financing for universal health coverage.
As a managing director at R4D, Dr. Cashin provides strategic and technical leadership for roughly half of the organization’s portfolio of programs and serves on the R4D executive team. She has been a leader in the global effort to build new models of support for countries to address complex health system issues in the journey toward universal health coverage. She is a regular on the faculty of WHO’s global advanced course on health financing, and she recently served as a Commissioner on the Lancet Global Health Commission for Financing Primary Health Care.

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Temesgen TesfuSpeaker | Concurrent | Future of PHC financing

Temesgen Tesfu is a health financing advisor and leading the PHC program at CHAI. He has over 12 years of experience working in the development sector supporting government and non-government programs in the areas of policy, program design, implementation, analytics, capacity building, and monitoring and evaluation.
Temesgen has been supporting the MoH around sustainable health financing, health insurance programs (CBHI and SHI), PHC system strengthening, private sector engagement and PPPs, policy analysis and various evidence generation and costing works.

Temesgen TesfuSpeaker | Concurrent | Future of PHC financing

Temesgen Tesfu is a health financing advisor and leading the PHC program at CHAI. He has over 12 years of experience working in the development sector supporting government and non-government programs in the areas of policy, program design, implementation, analytics, capacity building, and monitoring and evaluation.
Temesgen has been supporting the MoH around sustainable health financing, health insurance programs (CBHI and SHI), PHC system strengthening, private sector engagement and PPPs, policy analysis and various evidence generation and costing works.

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Somto Chloe Keluo-UdekeYouth Speaker | Plenary | Deeper dive in health financing for PHC

Somto is a Public Health Researcher, Pharmacist who works in implementing high-impact projects toward strengthening health systems across West and Central Africa. She serves as an African Regional Leader with the International Working Group for Health Systems Strengthening (IWGHSS) and is a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum Global Shapers, a community of young people organizing for change across the world.
She currently works with the Public Health team in IQVIA Middle East and Africa, contributing toward solving complex health challenges and improving equitable access to health in the region. Furthermore, Somto is committed to advocating for gender equality and championing youth causes in her community.

Somto Chloe Keluo-UdekeYouth Speaker | Plenary | Deeper dive in health financing for PHC

Somto is a Public Health Researcher, Pharmacist who works in implementing high-impact projects toward strengthening health systems across West and Central Africa. She serves as an African Regional Leader with the International Working Group for Health Systems Strengthening (IWGHSS) and is a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum Global Shapers, a community of young people organizing for change across the world.
She currently works with the Public Health team in IQVIA Middle East and Africa, contributing toward solving complex health challenges and improving equitable access to health in the region. Furthermore, Somto is committed to advocating for gender equality and championing youth causes in her community.

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Gina LagomarsinoSpeaker | Plenary | Deeper Dive in PHC Financing

Gina Lagomarsino is president and CEO of Results for Development, a nonprofit that works with change agents — public sector reformers, civil society leaders and private sector innovators — around the world to create strong systems that support healthy, educated people. Throughout her career, Ms. Lagomarsino has focused on expanding health coverage to low-income populations. As one of the original co-founders and managing directors at R4D, she helped galvanize energy and political will around a global push for universal health coverage and led new thinking on how to build strong mixed (public-private) health systems. Ms. Lagomarsino also helped develop important initiatives that have helped advance universal health coverage across 20+ countries, including the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative, the Center for Health Market Innovations and the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage. Prior to joining R4D, Ms. Lagomarsino spent a decade working to improve health systems in the United States as a senior health policy advisor to D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams, and at McKinsey & Company and Kaiser Permanente. She holds a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Stanford University.

Gina LagomarsinoSpeaker | Plenary | Deeper Dive in PHC Financing

Gina Lagomarsino is president and CEO of Results for Development, a nonprofit that works with change agents — public sector reformers, civil society leaders and private sector innovators — around the world to create strong systems that support healthy, educated people. Throughout her career, Ms. Lagomarsino has focused on expanding health coverage to low-income populations. As one of the original co-founders and managing directors at R4D, she helped galvanize energy and political will around a global push for universal health coverage and led new thinking on how to build strong mixed (public-private) health systems. Ms. Lagomarsino also helped develop important initiatives that have helped advance universal health coverage across 20+ countries, including the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative, the Center for Health Market Innovations and the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage. Prior to joining R4D, Ms. Lagomarsino spent a decade working to improve health systems in the United States as a senior health policy advisor to D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams, and at McKinsey & Company and Kaiser Permanente. She holds a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Stanford University.

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Dr. Helina WorkuSpeaker | Concurrent Session | Role of donors in PHC financing

Helina Worku is a medical doctor with a public health specialty. She has close to 20 years of work experience in local and international organizations in different technical and management positions. Currently, she works at USAID/Ethiopia as a Deputy Director for the Health Office, overseeing a broad range of Health System Strengthening and other portfolios.
She is very passionate about health system strengthening, local capacity development, and leadership development programs. She participates in several national Advisory Groups, Technical Working Groups, Think Tank and Donor & Government Coordination forums. 
She is married and a mother of 5 children.

Dr. Helina WorkuSpeaker | Concurrent Session | Role of donors in PHC financing

Helina Worku is a medical doctor with a public health specialty. She has close to 20 years of work experience in local and international organizations in different technical and management positions. Currently, she works at USAID/Ethiopia as a Deputy Director for the Health Office, overseeing a broad range of Health System Strengthening and other portfolios.
She is very passionate about health system strengthening, local capacity development, and leadership development programs. She participates in several national Advisory Groups, Technical Working Groups, Think Tank and Donor & Government Coordination forums. 
She is married and a mother of 5 children.

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Dr. Atul GawandeSpeaker | Plenary | Core Principles of PHC

Dr. Atul Gawande is the Assistant Administrator for Global Health. He is a renowned surgeon, writer, and public health leader. Prior to joining the Biden-Harris Administration, he was a practicing general and endocrine surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
He was founder and chair of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation, and of Lifebox, a nonprofit making surgery safer globally. He also co-founded CIC Health, a public benefit corporation supporting pandemic response operations nationally, and served as a member of the Biden transition COVID-19 Advisory Board.
From 2018-2020, he was CEO of Haven, the Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase healthcare venture.
In addition, Atul was a longtime staff writer for The New Yorker magazine and has written four New York Times best-selling books: Complications, Better, The Checklist Manifesto, and Being Mortal.
He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the winner of two National Magazine Awards, AcademyHealth’s Impact Award for highest research impact on healthcare, a MacArthur Fellowship, and the Lewis Thomas Award for writing about science.

Dr. Atul GawandeSpeaker | Plenary | Core Principles of PHC

Dr. Atul Gawande is the Assistant Administrator for Global Health. He is a renowned surgeon, writer, and public health leader. Prior to joining the Biden-Harris Administration, he was a practicing general and endocrine surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
He was founder and chair of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation, and of Lifebox, a nonprofit making surgery safer globally. He also co-founded CIC Health, a public benefit corporation supporting pandemic response operations nationally, and served as a member of the Biden transition COVID-19 Advisory Board.
From 2018-2020, he was CEO of Haven, the Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase healthcare venture.
In addition, Atul was a longtime staff writer for The New Yorker magazine and has written four New York Times best-selling books: Complications, Better, The Checklist Manifesto, and Being Mortal.
He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the winner of two National Magazine Awards, AcademyHealth’s Impact Award for highest research impact on healthcare, a MacArthur Fellowship, and the Lewis Thomas Award for writing about science.

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Dr. Henry PerryModerator | Concurrent Session | Integrated service delivery

Dr. Henry Perry has five decades of engagement in global primary health care and community health work. He contributed to the establishment of the International Institute for Primary Health Care –Ethiopia. He is an author or co-author of more than 250 publications. His teaching and mentoring of students have been widely acclaimed. His massive open online course (MOOC) on Coursera, Health for All through Primary Health Care, has reached more than 85,000 people around the world (available at: https://www.coursera.org/instructor/~693038). He is semi-retired and continues as a Senior Associate in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Henry PerryModerator | Concurrent Session | Integrated service delivery

Dr. Henry Perry has five decades of engagement in global primary health care and community health work. He contributed to the establishment of the International Institute for Primary Health Care –Ethiopia. He is an author or co-author of more than 250 publications. His teaching and mentoring of students have been widely acclaimed. His massive open online course (MOOC) on Coursera, Health for All through Primary Health Care, has reached more than 85,000 people around the world (available at: https://www.coursera.org/instructor/~693038). He is semi-retired and continues as a Senior Associate in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins University.

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Dr. Sentayehu TsegayeSpeaker | Concurrent Session | Multi-Sectoral Collaboration

Dr. Sentayehu Tsegaye MD, MPH,MBA-IB; is a public health Specialist with two decades of experience in Governmental, International NGOs, Private, Bilateral Donor organizations, and UN agencies. Through his ample experience in leadership and coordination roles, he offers a unique insight into the sphere of public health in low- and middle-income countries. 

He has worked as a senior technical advisor for the Ministry of Health-Ethiopia, Senior Advisor to the Minister at MoH/Ethiopia, Country director for USAID/Challenge TB Project and Country Representative of KNCV Ethiopia, and is currently working as Deputy Country Director, Amref Health Africa in Ethiopia and Chief of Party of USAID Transform Health in Developing Region activity. 

Dr. Sentayehu TsegayeSpeaker | Concurrent Session | Multi-Sectoral Collaboration

Dr. Sentayehu Tsegaye MD, MPH,MBA-IB; is a public health Specialist with two decades of experience in Governmental, International NGOs, Private, Bilateral Donor organizations, and UN agencies. Through his ample experience in leadership and coordination roles, he offers a unique insight into the sphere of public health in low- and middle-income countries. 

He has worked as a senior technical advisor for the Ministry of Health-Ethiopia, Senior Advisor to the Minister at MoH/Ethiopia, Country director for USAID/Challenge TB Project and Country Representative of KNCV Ethiopia, and is currently working as Deputy Country Director, Amref Health Africa in Ethiopia and Chief of Party of USAID Transform Health in Developing Region activity. 

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Dr. Shunsuke MabuchiSpeaker | Concurrent Session | Integrated service delivery

Shunsuke (Shun) Mabuchi leads the effort to build resilient and sustainable systems for health (RSSH) in Global Fund’s partner countries.

Prior to the Global Fund, Shun spent three and a half years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as Deputy Director for Strategy, Planning & Management, Integrated Delivery, and Senior Advisor for Health Funds and Partnerships and for the Global Delivery Programs. He played a central role in the development of the foundation’s Primary Healthcare and Integrated Delivery Strategies.

Shun also oversaw partnerships with the World Bank, Global Financing Facility (GFF), and Lives and Livelihood Funds (LLF) in the Islamic Development Bank. During this period, he also served as a secretariat member of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response (IPPPR) co-chaired by Rt. Hon. Helen Clark and H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, leading the development of the panel’s recommendations.

Shun began his career working for McKinsey & Company, UNDP and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). He later served as a Senior Health Specialist at the World Bank, leading large projects from the Ebola Emergency Response in West Africa to health portfolios in Nigeria, Tanzania, Somalia, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

Shun received his doctorate in public health from Johns Hopkins, and holds a master of public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Dr. Shunsuke MabuchiSpeaker | Concurrent Session | Integrated service delivery

Shunsuke (Shun) Mabuchi leads the effort to build resilient and sustainable systems for health (RSSH) in Global Fund’s partner countries.

Prior to the Global Fund, Shun spent three and a half years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as Deputy Director for Strategy, Planning & Management, Integrated Delivery, and Senior Advisor for Health Funds and Partnerships and for the Global Delivery Programs. He played a central role in the development of the foundation’s Primary Healthcare and Integrated Delivery Strategies.

Shun also oversaw partnerships with the World Bank, Global Financing Facility (GFF), and Lives and Livelihood Funds (LLF) in the Islamic Development Bank. During this period, he also served as a secretariat member of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response (IPPPR) co-chaired by Rt. Hon. Helen Clark and H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, leading the development of the panel’s recommendations.

Shun began his career working for McKinsey & Company, UNDP and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). He later served as a Senior Health Specialist at the World Bank, leading large projects from the Ebola Emergency Response in West Africa to health portfolios in Nigeria, Tanzania, Somalia, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

Shun received his doctorate in public health from Johns Hopkins, and holds a master of public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.

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Dr. Pierre YaméogoSpeaker | Concurrent Session | Role of donors in PHC financing

Mr. S Pierre Yaméogo is a Medical Doctor, Specialist in Public Health with 17 years of professional experience in the public health sector. Since 2017, he has held the combined position of Technical Secretary in charge of universal health coverage and One Health. 

As part of the reforms for universal health coverage, Dr. Pierre has been coordinating since 2016 the design and implementation of the national policy of free health care for women and children under 5 years old in Burkina Faso. 

He is especially involved in structuring reforms such as the strengthening of community health (expansion of primary health care based on the transformation of households/families into model households/families), the alignment of health actors with the implementation of dynamic mapping of resources, the efficient use of financial resources with the digitization of financial management.   

Finally, since 2020, he has been the focal point for the Gates Foundation's implementing partners in the health sector, with the objective of better coordinating the beneficiaries of BMFG grants for a better synergy of actions for the benefit of the populations.   

Dr. Pierre YaméogoSpeaker | Concurrent Session | Role of donors in PHC financing

Mr. S Pierre Yaméogo is a Medical Doctor, Specialist in Public Health with 17 years of professional experience in the public health sector. Since 2017, he has held the combined position of Technical Secretary in charge of universal health coverage and One Health. 

As part of the reforms for universal health coverage, Dr. Pierre has been coordinating since 2016 the design and implementation of the national policy of free health care for women and children under 5 years old in Burkina Faso. 

He is especially involved in structuring reforms such as the strengthening of community health (expansion of primary health care based on the transformation of households/families into model households/families), the alignment of health actors with the implementation of dynamic mapping of resources, the efficient use of financial resources with the digitization of financial management.   

Finally, since 2020, he has been the focal point for the Gates Foundation's implementing partners in the health sector, with the objective of better coordinating the beneficiaries of BMFG grants for a better synergy of actions for the benefit of the populations.   

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Warren Blessing TukwasibweSpeaker | Concurrent Session | Multi-sectoral collaboration

Warren’s is a Social Worker by profession whose career spans over 20 years that comprise diverse assignments and achievements at different levels in strategic planning, budgeting, thought leadership with the aim of improving program and systems delivery through, advocacy, service delivery for better health. He has supported programs aimed at improving health resilience in low resource settings to respond to situations and emergencies. Warren has been involved with developing health training and other  education materials for community health workers, he has served on the board of Uganda National AIDS Service Organizations on the prevention and management of HIV & AIDS and he has actively engaged in development work for vulnerable communities. 

Warren co-led the formation of the Uganda PHC Think Tank a body that brings together Organizations and Agencies involved in PHC work in Uganda. Warren is a motivator of people and has proved himself identifying, leading and building teams from diverse backgrounds to deliver their best. He is a relationship-builder with exceptional interpersonal, communication and presentation skills which has led to successful inter organizational relationships leading to tangible programs impact on different levels. In education, Warren hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences (Sociology) and Masters in International Relations (Development) 

Warren Blessing TukwasibweSpeaker | Concurrent Session | Multi-sectoral collaboration

Warren’s is a Social Worker by profession whose career spans over 20 years that comprise diverse assignments and achievements at different levels in strategic planning, budgeting, thought leadership with the aim of improving program and systems delivery through, advocacy, service delivery for better health. He has supported programs aimed at improving health resilience in low resource settings to respond to situations and emergencies. Warren has been involved with developing health training and other  education materials for community health workers, he has served on the board of Uganda National AIDS Service Organizations on the prevention and management of HIV & AIDS and he has actively engaged in development work for vulnerable communities. 

Warren co-led the formation of the Uganda PHC Think Tank a body that brings together Organizations and Agencies involved in PHC work in Uganda. Warren is a motivator of people and has proved himself identifying, leading and building teams from diverse backgrounds to deliver their best. He is a relationship-builder with exceptional interpersonal, communication and presentation skills which has led to successful inter organizational relationships leading to tangible programs impact on different levels. In education, Warren hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences (Sociology) and Masters in International Relations (Development) 

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Pauline IrunguSpeaker | Concurrent Session | Role of donors in PHC financing

Pauline Irungu is a Global Policy and Advocacy Advisor at PATH, leading PATH’s advocacy for equitable access to quality maternal, newborn and child health. Previously, she served as the Advocacy and Policy Country Lead for PATH in Kenya. She is a public health policy and advocacy leader with nearly two decades of experience engaging with governments in the African region advocating for stronger policies and investments in women and children’s health, and global health research and development. She has extensive experience leading advocacy ensuring that civil society is a driving voice behind government decision-making and policy actions. Pauline has sat on various national technical working groups on reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH), and primary health care (PHC) convened by the Kenyan Ministry of Health. From 2019 to 2021, she served as a civil society representative to the Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents (GFF) Investors Group. In this role, she participated in the GFF’s 2021 – 2025 strategy development core task team. She ensured that the role, contribution, and value add of civil society was included and highlighted in the new strategy. Currently, she is the global co-chair of the Accountability Working Group and a member of the NGOs Constituency Leadership Group of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH). She serves on the Every Newborn Action Plan and Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality (EPMM+ENAP) Advocacy and Accountability Working Group. Pauline has a Bachelor of Science in information Sciences from Moi University in Kenya and a post graduate certificate in public health from the University of Roehampton in the UK.

Pauline IrunguSpeaker | Concurrent Session | Role of donors in PHC financing

Pauline Irungu is a Global Policy and Advocacy Advisor at PATH, leading PATH’s advocacy for equitable access to quality maternal, newborn and child health. Previously, she served as the Advocacy and Policy Country Lead for PATH in Kenya. She is a public health policy and advocacy leader with nearly two decades of experience engaging with governments in the African region advocating for stronger policies and investments in women and children’s health, and global health research and development. She has extensive experience leading advocacy ensuring that civil society is a driving voice behind government decision-making and policy actions. Pauline has sat on various national technical working groups on reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH), and primary health care (PHC) convened by the Kenyan Ministry of Health. From 2019 to 2021, she served as a civil society representative to the Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents (GFF) Investors Group. In this role, she participated in the GFF’s 2021 – 2025 strategy development core task team. She ensured that the role, contribution, and value add of civil society was included and highlighted in the new strategy. Currently, she is the global co-chair of the Accountability Working Group and a member of the NGOs Constituency Leadership Group of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH). She serves on the Every Newborn Action Plan and Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality (EPMM+ENAP) Advocacy and Accountability Working Group. Pauline has a Bachelor of Science in information Sciences from Moi University in Kenya and a post graduate certificate in public health from the University of Roehampton in the UK.

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Dr. Bersabeh MekashaYouth Speaker | Plenary | Core Principles of PHC

Bersabeh Mekasha Kassaye is a 2021 Chevening scholar currently completing her MSc in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has graduated with medical doctorate degree from Addis Ababa University in 2018 and has worked as a General Practitioner at Dejen Primary Hospital, Lecturer at Debre Markos University, and an Associate Researcher at the Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI). Bersabeh was one of the project Coordinators of Sexual Health Education for Better Awareness (SHEBA) and Project Manager of Sexual Health Education Matters (SHE Matters) funded by the Rise Up Public Health Institute of California to help mitigate Early Marriage from Dejen, East Gojam Amhara region.
Bersabeh is an alumnus of the young leader’s program of Young African leaders Initiative, East Africa, Women Deliver Young Leaders program, Rise UP Youth Champions Initiative and the Mandela Washington Fellowship program.

Dr. Bersabeh MekashaYouth Speaker | Plenary | Core Principles of PHC

Bersabeh Mekasha Kassaye is a 2021 Chevening scholar currently completing her MSc in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has graduated with medical doctorate degree from Addis Ababa University in 2018 and has worked as a General Practitioner at Dejen Primary Hospital, Lecturer at Debre Markos University, and an Associate Researcher at the Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI). Bersabeh was one of the project Coordinators of Sexual Health Education for Better Awareness (SHEBA) and Project Manager of Sexual Health Education Matters (SHE Matters) funded by the Rise Up Public Health Institute of California to help mitigate Early Marriage from Dejen, East Gojam Amhara region.
Bersabeh is an alumnus of the young leader’s program of Young African leaders Initiative, East Africa, Women Deliver Young Leaders program, Rise UP Youth Champions Initiative and the Mandela Washington Fellowship program.

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Dr. Asha GeorgeModerator | Concurrent Session | Community engagement in PHC

Asha George joined the SOPH in 2016 as the South African Research Chair (SARChI) in Health Systems, Complexity and Social Change. She continues at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health as an Adjunct Professor and is a Principal Visiting Fellow at the United Nations University’s International Institute of Global Health. She is a qualitative researcher engaged with health systems to advance health and social justice in low- and middle-income countries. With a gender and rights lens, she focuses on the frontline interface and governance of services, taking into consideration community and health worker perspectives. Her longer term national level work includes work in India, where she partnered with allies across community, district, state and national health systems to advance maternal health from a gender and rights perspective. Prior to that she worked in Mexico with government ministries and the UN system to advance the Beijing and Cairo agendas for women’s health and rights. From 2016-2020, she was elected to the Board of Health Systems Global and served as its Vice Chair from 2016-2018, and its Chair from 2018 to 2020. She currently leads the Drivers Working Group for Countdown to 2030, is a Commissioner for the Lancet Commission on Re-Aligning Child Health for the SDG Era and serves on the Scientific and Technical Advisory Group for the Human Reproduction Program/ Department of Reproductive Health Research at WHO Geneva. Dr. George is rated as a B3 scientist by the National Research Foundation. Since 2002, she has co-edited 2 edited volumes, 4 journal supplements, over 120 journal publications and multiple technical reports and guidance documents.

Dr. Asha GeorgeModerator | Concurrent Session | Community engagement in PHC

Asha George joined the SOPH in 2016 as the South African Research Chair (SARChI) in Health Systems, Complexity and Social Change. She continues at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health as an Adjunct Professor and is a Principal Visiting Fellow at the United Nations University’s International Institute of Global Health. She is a qualitative researcher engaged with health systems to advance health and social justice in low- and middle-income countries. With a gender and rights lens, she focuses on the frontline interface and governance of services, taking into consideration community and health worker perspectives. Her longer term national level work includes work in India, where she partnered with allies across community, district, state and national health systems to advance maternal health from a gender and rights perspective. Prior to that she worked in Mexico with government ministries and the UN system to advance the Beijing and Cairo agendas for women’s health and rights. From 2016-2020, she was elected to the Board of Health Systems Global and served as its Vice Chair from 2016-2018, and its Chair from 2018 to 2020. She currently leads the Drivers Working Group for Countdown to 2030, is a Commissioner for the Lancet Commission on Re-Aligning Child Health for the SDG Era and serves on the Scientific and Technical Advisory Group for the Human Reproduction Program/ Department of Reproductive Health Research at WHO Geneva. Dr. George is rated as a B3 scientist by the National Research Foundation. Since 2002, she has co-edited 2 edited volumes, 4 journal supplements, over 120 journal publications and multiple technical reports and guidance documents.

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Dr. Michael J. KlagPlenary Moderator | Core Principles of PHC

Michael J. Klag MD, MPH is the Dean Emeritus and Second Century Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. During his tenure as dean, he guided the School to unprecedented growth across a range of categories and continued to elevate it as a pacesetting institution of global influence and impact. 

His scientific contributions have been in the prevention and epidemiology of chronic diseases. Dr. Klag is the author of more than 200 publications and has received numerous honors and awards.  He serves on the board of the International Institute for Primary Health Care-Ethiopia, among others.

Dr. Michael J. KlagPlenary Moderator | Core Principles of PHC

Michael J. Klag MD, MPH is the Dean Emeritus and Second Century Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. During his tenure as dean, he guided the School to unprecedented growth across a range of categories and continued to elevate it as a pacesetting institution of global influence and impact. 

His scientific contributions have been in the prevention and epidemiology of chronic diseases. Dr. Klag is the author of more than 200 publications and has received numerous honors and awards.  He serves on the board of the International Institute for Primary Health Care-Ethiopia, among others.

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Rachel DeussomSpeaker | Concurrent Session | Community engagement in PHC

Rachel Deussom, MSc is the Health Practice Director within the Global Health Division at Chemonics. She is a health workforce expert with 18 years of experience focusing on health systems, community health, digital health, HIV, and maternal health. Ms. Deussom has provided technical and operations support across Africa and Asia, contributing to USAID, World Bank, and Gates-funded initiatives. In various roles, she has developed tools, curricula, policy guidance and interventions aiming to improve access to high-quality care from well-supported health worker teams and live healthier, more productive lives. Ms. Deussom previously held an adjunct faculty position at George Washington University and is a 2021 fellow of the WomenLift Health Leadership Journey. She is a trained doula and parent of three.

Rachel DeussomSpeaker | Concurrent Session | Community engagement in PHC

Rachel Deussom, MSc is the Health Practice Director within the Global Health Division at Chemonics. She is a health workforce expert with 18 years of experience focusing on health systems, community health, digital health, HIV, and maternal health. Ms. Deussom has provided technical and operations support across Africa and Asia, contributing to USAID, World Bank, and Gates-funded initiatives. In various roles, she has developed tools, curricula, policy guidance and interventions aiming to improve access to high-quality care from well-supported health worker teams and live healthier, more productive lives. Ms. Deussom previously held an adjunct faculty position at George Washington University and is a 2021 fellow of the WomenLift Health Leadership Journey. She is a trained doula and parent of three.

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Dr. Juan Pablo UribeModerator | Concurrent Session | Integration of Fragmented PHC Financing

Juan Pablo Uribe, MD, is the Global Director for Health Nutrition and Population at the World Bank and Director of the Global Financing Facility for Women Children and Adolescents (GFF). Previously, Mr. Uribe was the CEO of Healthcare Providers for United Healthcare/Banmédica for Chile and Peru and served from 2018 to 2019 as Minister of Health and Social Protection of Colombia. Prior to that, he was the Director General of the Fundación Santa Fe de Bogotá, a leading organization in Colombia working in health care, health education and public health. Between 2009 and 2011, he was the World Bank´s Health Sector Manager for East Asia and the Pacific. In his career, first as a medical doctor specializing in public health and public administration, and later in both public and

Dr. Juan Pablo UribeModerator | Concurrent Session | Integration of Fragmented PHC Financing

Juan Pablo Uribe, MD, is the Global Director for Health Nutrition and Population at the World Bank and Director of the Global Financing Facility for Women Children and Adolescents (GFF). Previously, Mr. Uribe was the CEO of Healthcare Providers for United Healthcare/Banmédica for Chile and Peru and served from 2018 to 2019 as Minister of Health and Social Protection of Colombia. Prior to that, he was the Director General of the Fundación Santa Fe de Bogotá, a leading organization in Colombia working in health care, health education and public health. Between 2009 and 2011, he was the World Bank´s Health Sector Manager for East Asia and the Pacific. In his career, first as a medical doctor specializing in public health and public administration, and later in both public and

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Dr. Kimberly GreenModerator | Concurrent session | Political economy of PHC financing

Kimberly Green, PhD, leads PATH’s Primary Health Care program, which includes teams focusing on Early Childhood Development; Health Systems, Innovation, and Delivery; HIV and Tuberculosis; Maternal, Newborn, Child Health and Nutrition; Noncommunicable Diseases; and Sexual and Reproductive Health. Prior to assuming this role, Dr. Green led PATH’s global HIV and TB portfolio, including the USAID/PATH Healthy Markets project, which leverages innovation and partnerships to increase key population access to essential health services.

Dr. Green has nearly thirty years’ experience in public health management, policy development and research. She deeply believes in the power of primary health care to improve health access and equity and is specifically interested in health service delivery innovations; the role of lay providers in delivering health care; self-care and digital health; private-public sector partnerships; and social and behavior change communications.

Dr. Kimberly GreenModerator | Concurrent session | Political economy of PHC financing

Kimberly Green, PhD, leads PATH’s Primary Health Care program, which includes teams focusing on Early Childhood Development; Health Systems, Innovation, and Delivery; HIV and Tuberculosis; Maternal, Newborn, Child Health and Nutrition; Noncommunicable Diseases; and Sexual and Reproductive Health. Prior to assuming this role, Dr. Green led PATH’s global HIV and TB portfolio, including the USAID/PATH Healthy Markets project, which leverages innovation and partnerships to increase key population access to essential health services.

Dr. Green has nearly thirty years’ experience in public health management, policy development and research. She deeply believes in the power of primary health care to improve health access and equity and is specifically interested in health service delivery innovations; the role of lay providers in delivering health care; self-care and digital health; private-public sector partnerships; and social and behavior change communications.

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Dr. Regis HitimanaSpeaker | Concurrent Session | Future of PHC financing

Dr. Regis Hitimana occupies the position of Deputy Director General in charge of Benefits at the Rwanda Social Security Board since May 2020, overseeing six social security benefit administration. He is a Health Economist with 15 year’s experience, including 3 years in civil society organizations, and 7 years in central Government and 5 years in academia.

His areas of expertise include social security, health policy, health economics and health financing.

Dr Regis Hitimana has co-authored a dozen of scientific manuscripts, six of which have been published in peer-reviewed journals, while others are still in the process. Dr Regis Hitimana has a MSc. in Epidemiology from University of Rwanda and PhD in Health Economics from Umeå University, Sweden.

Dr. Regis HitimanaSpeaker | Concurrent Session | Future of PHC financing

Dr. Regis Hitimana occupies the position of Deputy Director General in charge of Benefits at the Rwanda Social Security Board since May 2020, overseeing six social security benefit administration. He is a Health Economist with 15 year’s experience, including 3 years in civil society organizations, and 7 years in central Government and 5 years in academia.

His areas of expertise include social security, health policy, health economics and health financing.

Dr Regis Hitimana has co-authored a dozen of scientific manuscripts, six of which have been published in peer-reviewed journals, while others are still in the process. Dr Regis Hitimana has a MSc. in Epidemiology from University of Rwanda and PhD in Health Economics from Umeå University, Sweden.

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Dr. Angela GichagaSpeaker | Plenary | Deeper Dive in PHC Financing

Dr. Angela Gichaga is a public and social sector enthusiast with experience working across civil service, consulting, and NGOs and academia.
She is an executive coach, human capital and leadership development advisor with regional and global expertise, as well as an exceptional track record of optimizing performance. Angela runs her tailor made Pathway to Parity programme to empower women and young people in the workplace and society.
She now serves developing country Ministries of Health and Ministries of Finance globally, in building resilient and sustainably financed primary and community health systems as CEO of the Financing Alliance for Health.
Angela completed her undergraduate degree in Medicine, Masters in Health Economics and Policy and Fellowship in Public Sector Management and has served as a frontline clinician, health administrator, policy maker, academic and consultant.
Angela served the MOH Kenya as a District Medical Officer of Health (DMOH) and a hospital in charge (MEDSUP) in both Meru and Garbatulla, leading ~150 multi-disciplinary team members through coordinating strategic planning, resource mobilization, service delivery, recruitment, monitoring and capacity building.
She then joined the MOH HQ, where she supported health financing, co-developed national strategies and prepared reports on the country’s health achievements.
From civil service, she then joined McKinsey & Company’s Africa Delivery Hub (ADH) working on socio-economic and development issues in Africa before transitioning into her role at the Financing Alliance for Health.
Angela was humbled to receive the Australian Leadership Awards for Africa (2012) and the President Obama’s Mandela Washington Fellowship (2014) in recognition of her exemplary leadership within the civil service and operational track record of excellence in achieving results. She was named one of Fortune's Worlds Greatest Leaders in 2018, an Archbishop Tutu Leadership fellow in 2019, 2nd place for Women Empowerment in the Workplace at the Gender Mainstreaming Awards in 2021 and a Skoll Awardee in 2022. She also serves on the Global Board of Population Services International that operates in 46 countries globally.

Dr. Angela GichagaSpeaker | Plenary | Deeper Dive in PHC Financing

Dr. Angela Gichaga is a public and social sector enthusiast with experience working across civil service, consulting, and NGOs and academia.
She is an executive coach, human capital and leadership development advisor with regional and global expertise, as well as an exceptional track record of optimizing performance. Angela runs her tailor made Pathway to Parity programme to empower women and young people in the workplace and society.
She now serves developing country Ministries of Health and Ministries of Finance globally, in building resilient and sustainably financed primary and community health systems as CEO of the Financing Alliance for Health.
Angela completed her undergraduate degree in Medicine, Masters in Health Economics and Policy and Fellowship in Public Sector Management and has served as a frontline clinician, health administrator, policy maker, academic and consultant.
Angela served the MOH Kenya as a District Medical Officer of Health (DMOH) and a hospital in charge (MEDSUP) in both Meru and Garbatulla, leading ~150 multi-disciplinary team members through coordinating strategic planning, resource mobilization, service delivery, recruitment, monitoring and capacity building.
She then joined the MOH HQ, where she supported health financing, co-developed national strategies and prepared reports on the country’s health achievements.
From civil service, she then joined McKinsey & Company’s Africa Delivery Hub (ADH) working on socio-economic and development issues in Africa before transitioning into her role at the Financing Alliance for Health.
Angela was humbled to receive the Australian Leadership Awards for Africa (2012) and the President Obama’s Mandela Washington Fellowship (2014) in recognition of her exemplary leadership within the civil service and operational track record of excellence in achieving results. She was named one of Fortune's Worlds Greatest Leaders in 2018, an Archbishop Tutu Leadership fellow in 2019, 2nd place for Women Empowerment in the Workplace at the Gender Mainstreaming Awards in 2021 and a Skoll Awardee in 2022. She also serves on the Global Board of Population Services International that operates in 46 countries globally.

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Dr. Lamidhi SalamiSpeaker | Concurrent Session | Political economy of PHC financing

Doctor Lamidhi SALAMI is President of the National Council for Primary Health Care in charge of providing Benin's health sector with harmonized and consistent tools for steering the national health and development plan in primary health care. He holds a doctorate, graduate of specialized study (UCL-Belgium), a master's degree in public health economics at (University of Paris Dauphine) and a PhD in public health (IRSP-Benin). He was chief medical officer then medical doctor and health zone coordinator before becoming deputy health program coordinator and Technical Advisor for Primary Health Care to the Minister of Health, and National Director of Public Health. He has also been a consultant in West and Central Africa.

Dr. Lamidhi SalamiSpeaker | Concurrent Session | Political economy of PHC financing

Doctor Lamidhi SALAMI is President of the National Council for Primary Health Care in charge of providing Benin's health sector with harmonized and consistent tools for steering the national health and development plan in primary health care. He holds a doctorate, graduate of specialized study (UCL-Belgium), a master's degree in public health economics at (University of Paris Dauphine) and a PhD in public health (IRSP-Benin). He was chief medical officer then medical doctor and health zone coordinator before becoming deputy health program coordinator and Technical Advisor for Primary Health Care to the Minister of Health, and National Director of Public Health. He has also been a consultant in West and Central Africa.

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Nazo KureshySpeaker | Concurrent Session | Integrated service delivery

Nazo Kureshy is the Senior Community Health Systems Advisor in the Office of Heath System within the Bureau for Global Health at USAID.  She advances the roles of communities and civil society in a whole of society approach to strengthening health systems in support of USAID’s Vision for Health Systems Strengthening 2030.  Her work with USAID for almost two decades has contributed to guiding policy and investment priorities to position and engage communities and civil society in health systems strengthening to achieve USAID’s goals in health and has influenced the broader global health ecosystem. 

Nazo currently manages USAID’s collaboration on Community Health Systems Strengthening with UNICEF and other key global and regional collaborators through the Community Health Roadmap partnership platform in 15 countries and works with a range of USAID partners supporting countries to engage communities in Primary Health Care. 

Nazo has developed innovative global partnerships and collaboration platforms between USAID, multilateral institutions, foundations, and traditional and emerging funders towards greater alignment in investment and coordinated action to support countries in strengthening primary health care at the community level.  She is a founding core team member of the Community Health Roadmap, designed and led Integrating Community Health partnership (USAID, UNICEF, BMGF) in 7 countries, and led the USAID’s Child Survival and Health Grants Program, the largest partnership between USAID, governments, local civil society, and communities in health operating in 65 countries through 58 citizen supported INGOs, for a decade.

She was a member of the U.S government’s delegation to the Global Primary Health Care Conference in Astana, represented USAID’s leadership role in the design and conduct of the first international conference focusing on community health systems (Institutionalization Community Health Conference 2017), and has supported the engagement of USAID and its partners (country governments, NGOs, private sector) to elevate community health systems in several global health fora.

Nazo has contributed to several Technical Advisory Groups, such as the Exemplars in Global Health CHW ROI study, the WHO CHW Hub, Financing Alliance for Health, and the Community Health Academy.  She co-edited the first Global Health Science and Practice journal supplement focusing on community health systems and developed training modules focusing on community health systems for courses led by USAID and other institutions.

Nazo received a master’s degree in international public health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Nazo KureshySpeaker | Concurrent Session | Integrated service delivery

Nazo Kureshy is the Senior Community Health Systems Advisor in the Office of Heath System within the Bureau for Global Health at USAID.  She advances the roles of communities and civil society in a whole of society approach to strengthening health systems in support of USAID’s Vision for Health Systems Strengthening 2030.  Her work with USAID for almost two decades has contributed to guiding policy and investment priorities to position and engage communities and civil society in health systems strengthening to achieve USAID’s goals in health and has influenced the broader global health ecosystem. 

Nazo currently manages USAID’s collaboration on Community Health Systems Strengthening with UNICEF and other key global and regional collaborators through the Community Health Roadmap partnership platform in 15 countries and works with a range of USAID partners supporting countries to engage communities in Primary Health Care. 

Nazo has developed innovative global partnerships and collaboration platforms between USAID, multilateral institutions, foundations, and traditional and emerging funders towards greater alignment in investment and coordinated action to support countries in strengthening primary health care at the community level.  She is a founding core team member of the Community Health Roadmap, designed and led Integrating Community Health partnership (USAID, UNICEF, BMGF) in 7 countries, and led the USAID’s Child Survival and Health Grants Program, the largest partnership between USAID, governments, local civil society, and communities in health operating in 65 countries through 58 citizen supported INGOs, for a decade.

She was a member of the U.S government’s delegation to the Global Primary Health Care Conference in Astana, represented USAID’s leadership role in the design and conduct of the first international conference focusing on community health systems (Institutionalization Community Health Conference 2017), and has supported the engagement of USAID and its partners (country governments, NGOs, private sector) to elevate community health systems in several global health fora.

Nazo has contributed to several Technical Advisory Groups, such as the Exemplars in Global Health CHW ROI study, the WHO CHW Hub, Financing Alliance for Health, and the Community Health Academy.  She co-edited the first Global Health Science and Practice journal supplement focusing on community health systems and developed training modules focusing on community health systems for courses led by USAID and other institutions.

Nazo received a master’s degree in international public health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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Dr. Lisa HilmiSpeaker | Concurrent Session | Multi-Sectoral Collaboration

Lisa Hilmi is Executive Director of CORE Group, based in Washington DC. CORE Group convenes the International Community Health Network, a community of practice fueled by more than 200+ member organizations and individual associates that are champions for community health, together with advocates, scholars, private sector, multilateral/global alliance representatives and others. CORE Group advances the field of community-focused health programming and equity through knowledge management and capacity building, programmatic impact and collaborative response, across the world, with a reach of over 250,000+.

Lisa Hilmi has over 30 years of global health experience in over 25+ countries, addressing health disparities for women, children, adolescents and communities. As a nurse, researcher, and public health expert, Lisa has worked at multiple levels of global health, in policy, research, emergency relief, disaster, and response, workforce development, health systems strengthening; from local to global levels. She has worked in the Peace Corps in Niger, for the WHO, non-profits, and multiple development, refugee, disaster, and conflict settings, as well as worked on outbreaks and epidemics in multiple countries. As a nurse, Lisa has worked clinically in pediatric hospital, community, academic, and crisis settings, and has held leadership positions in the UN, Sigma Theta Tau International, INGOs, and foundations.  She sits on the Steering Committee for GAVI- the Global Vaccine Initiative,  and is a co-chair for the CSO ACT-A COVAX Vaccine Pillar,  as well as other review committees.  She sits on several committees at the WHO’s Partnership of Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (PMNCH), as well as the Steering Committee for the Community Health Roadmap.

Dr. Lisa HilmiSpeaker | Concurrent Session | Multi-Sectoral Collaboration

Lisa Hilmi is Executive Director of CORE Group, based in Washington DC. CORE Group convenes the International Community Health Network, a community of practice fueled by more than 200+ member organizations and individual associates that are champions for community health, together with advocates, scholars, private sector, multilateral/global alliance representatives and others. CORE Group advances the field of community-focused health programming and equity through knowledge management and capacity building, programmatic impact and collaborative response, across the world, with a reach of over 250,000+.

Lisa Hilmi has over 30 years of global health experience in over 25+ countries, addressing health disparities for women, children, adolescents and communities. As a nurse, researcher, and public health expert, Lisa has worked at multiple levels of global health, in policy, research, emergency relief, disaster, and response, workforce development, health systems strengthening; from local to global levels. She has worked in the Peace Corps in Niger, for the WHO, non-profits, and multiple development, refugee, disaster, and conflict settings, as well as worked on outbreaks and epidemics in multiple countries. As a nurse, Lisa has worked clinically in pediatric hospital, community, academic, and crisis settings, and has held leadership positions in the UN, Sigma Theta Tau International, INGOs, and foundations.  She sits on the Steering Committee for GAVI- the Global Vaccine Initiative,  and is a co-chair for the CSO ACT-A COVAX Vaccine Pillar,  as well as other review committees.  She sits on several committees at the WHO’s Partnership of Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (PMNCH), as well as the Steering Committee for the Community Health Roadmap.

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Professor John Parrish-Sprowl Speaker | Community engagement in PHC

John Parrish-Sprowl PhD is the Director of the Global Health Communication Center of the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts and is a Professor and former chair of the Department of Communication Studies. In addition, he is a member of the One Health Action Collaborative of the National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.

An award-winning educator and consultant, Dr. Parrish-Sprowl, has worked extensively in community engagement activity. He has served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist, been a visiting faculty member, lectured, conducted research and consultancies with universities, businesses, and NGOs in a number of countries.

Professor John Parrish-Sprowl Speaker | Community engagement in PHC

John Parrish-Sprowl PhD is the Director of the Global Health Communication Center of the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts and is a Professor and former chair of the Department of Communication Studies. In addition, he is a member of the One Health Action Collaborative of the National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.

An award-winning educator and consultant, Dr. Parrish-Sprowl, has worked extensively in community engagement activity. He has served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist, been a visiting faculty member, lectured, conducted research and consultancies with universities, businesses, and NGOs in a number of countries.

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Dr. Kumanan RasanathanModerator | Concurrent Session | Multi-Sectoral Collaboration

Dr. Kumanan Rasanathan is a public health physician with degrees in medicine, public health and political science. For over 20 years, he has worked in strengthening health systems and tackling social determinants of health to reduce health inequities in numerous countries from community to national to global levels, including in a national Ministry of Health, academic institutions, NGOs, primary care and hospital settings. For the last 15 years, he has worked at WHO and UNICEF. He is currently Unit Head, Equity and Health at WHO HQ in Geneva. Previously was Coordinator for Health Systems at WHO in Cambodia (where he served as Incident Manager for the COVID-19 response) and Senior Health Advisor at UNICEF in New York (where he led work on implementation research, district health systems and the development of the SDGs). Kumanan has authored over 90 publications, including being a primary author of the 2008 WHO World Health Report on primary health care. He was a board member of Health Systems Global, and a member of the Forum on Microbial Threats of the National Academy of Medicine in the United States.

Dr. Kumanan RasanathanModerator | Concurrent Session | Multi-Sectoral Collaboration

Dr. Kumanan Rasanathan is a public health physician with degrees in medicine, public health and political science. For over 20 years, he has worked in strengthening health systems and tackling social determinants of health to reduce health inequities in numerous countries from community to national to global levels, including in a national Ministry of Health, academic institutions, NGOs, primary care and hospital settings. For the last 15 years, he has worked at WHO and UNICEF. He is currently Unit Head, Equity and Health at WHO HQ in Geneva. Previously was Coordinator for Health Systems at WHO in Cambodia (where he served as Incident Manager for the COVID-19 response) and Senior Health Advisor at UNICEF in New York (where he led work on implementation research, district health systems and the development of the SDGs). Kumanan has authored over 90 publications, including being a primary author of the 2008 WHO World Health Report on primary health care. He was a board member of Health Systems Global, and a member of the Forum on Microbial Threats of the National Academy of Medicine in the United States.

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Prof. Kara HanssonSpeaker | Plenary | Deeper dive in health financing for PHC

I have spent the last 30 years researching the economics of health systems in low- and middle-income countries. My major contributions are in the areas of health financing and the private health sector. I chaired the recent Lancet Global Health Commission on Financing Primary Health Care, and have authored key publications on how strategic purchasing can help to improve health system performance. My work on the private sector has contributed to our understanding of the opportunities and limitations of using the private sector to extend access to critical public health interventions and, more recently, to the challenges of regulating healthcare markets. I frequently advise national governments and international organisations on health system and financing issues. I am President-Elect of the International Health Economics Association.

Prof. Kara HanssonSpeaker | Plenary | Deeper dive in health financing for PHC

I have spent the last 30 years researching the economics of health systems in low- and middle-income countries. My major contributions are in the areas of health financing and the private health sector. I chaired the recent Lancet Global Health Commission on Financing Primary Health Care, and have authored key publications on how strategic purchasing can help to improve health system performance. My work on the private sector has contributed to our understanding of the opportunities and limitations of using the private sector to extend access to critical public health interventions and, more recently, to the challenges of regulating healthcare markets. I frequently advise national governments and international organisations on health system and financing issues. I am President-Elect of the International Health Economics Association.

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Dr. Alison T MhazoSpeaker | Concurrent session | Political economy of PHC financing

Alison T Mhazo is a pharmacist by profession from Zimbabwe
He holds an MSc Health Policy, Planning and Financing from London School of Hygeine and Tropical Medicine and the London School of Economics.
He has over 13 years of experience working in developing countries (Zimbabwe and Malawi) including in policy and as a systems researcher with an interest in the politics of health in LMICs. He is published articles on the political economy of health financing reforms, pharmaceutical governance and essential medicines policy
Member of the WHO Strategic Technical Advisory Group on Access to Safe, Efficacious and Quality-assured Health Products for NTDs

Dr. Alison T MhazoSpeaker | Concurrent session | Political economy of PHC financing

Alison T Mhazo is a pharmacist by profession from Zimbabwe
He holds an MSc Health Policy, Planning and Financing from London School of Hygeine and Tropical Medicine and the London School of Economics.
He has over 13 years of experience working in developing countries (Zimbabwe and Malawi) including in policy and as a systems researcher with an interest in the politics of health in LMICs. He is published articles on the political economy of health financing reforms, pharmaceutical governance and essential medicines policy
Member of the WHO Strategic Technical Advisory Group on Access to Safe, Efficacious and Quality-assured Health Products for NTDs

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Dr. Muyiwa TegbeFuture of PHC financing

Dr. Muyiwa Tegbe is Deputy Director of Primary Health Care at PATH. He is a health policy and financing specialist with experience leading programs and creating interventions for public and private sector clients in the US and Sub-Saharan Arica. Using his expertise, he leads evidence generation, program and policy analysis, and implementation projects. Dr. Muyiwa’s interests are in designing innovative demand and supply-side financing interventions that increase financial risk protection, reduce out-of-pocket expenditures, and increase health systems financing.

Dr. Muyiwa TegbeFuture of PHC financing

Dr. Muyiwa Tegbe is Deputy Director of Primary Health Care at PATH. He is a health policy and financing specialist with experience leading programs and creating interventions for public and private sector clients in the US and Sub-Saharan Arica. Using his expertise, he leads evidence generation, program and policy analysis, and implementation projects. Dr. Muyiwa’s interests are in designing innovative demand and supply-side financing interventions that increase financial risk protection, reduce out-of-pocket expenditures, and increase health systems financing.

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