Human Resources for Health: How will we bridge this gap in Africa?

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Join us for an insightful and interactive session on  Human Resources for Health: Bridging the gap in Africa With only 3% of the health workforce and 24% of the disease burden, explore solutions to brdinging the human resource for health gap in Africa with our panelists including:


Dr. Kate Tulenko

Intrahealth International


Prof. Peter Tum

Kenya Medical Training College



Dr. Marleen Temmerman

Aga Khan University


Dr. Vineet Arora

Apollo Hospitals


Dr. Ruth Ngechu

Living Goods


Dr. Peter Waithaka


The serious shortage of health workers across the world has been identified as one of the most critical constraints to the achievement of health and development goals.

The crisis is impairing provision of essential, life-saving interventions such as childhood immunization, safe pregnancy and delivery services for mothers and access to prevention and treatment for HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. Without urgent action, the shortage will worsen, health systems will be weakened even further and health goals will not be achieved.

The world will be short of 12.9 million health-care workers by 2035; today, that figure stands at 7.2 million. A WHO report released in 2014 warns that the findings – if not addressed now – will have serious implications for the health of billions of people across all regions of the world.

The report, "A universal truth: No health without a workforce", identifies several key causes. They include an ageing health workforce with staff retiring or leaving for better paid jobs without being replaced, while inversely, not enough young people are entering the profession or being adequately trained. Increasing demands are also being put on the sector from a growing world population with risks of non-communicable diseases (e.g. cancer, heart disease, stroke etc.) increasing. Internal and international migration of health workers is also exacerbating regional imbalances.

While the report highlights some encouraging developments, for example, more countries have increased their health workforce, progressing towards the basic threshold of 23 skilled health professionals per 10 000 people, there are still 83 countries below this basic threshold.

Whilst the largest shortages in numerical terms are expected to be in parts of Asia, it is in sub-Saharan Africa where the shortages will be especially acute. On education and training, for example, in the 47 countries of sub-Saharan Africa, just 168 medical schools exist. Of those countries, 11 have no medical schools, and 24 countries have only one medical school.


Join us at the  Africa Health Business Symposium themed “Growing the Business of Health in Africa” which takes place in Nairobi, Kenya on 6th - 7th October, 2016 to explore solutions that can bridge the health workforce gap in Africa.

Delegates from Ministries of Health, Developmental Partners and Captains of the Industry will converge to further propel effective and true partnerships for better health in Africa. If you do want to make a difference in this wonderful continent, Africa – JOIN US and REGISTER NOW to save your space in the limited slots available.


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Registration for any 1 day - $175

Registration for both days - $250


Safari Park Hotel has offered delegates a discounted rate of $210 per night for deluxe rooms. Should you choose to reserve a room, please contact Eunice Njoroge on or Carol Wasike on

Kenya Airways as a partner have extended a 15% discount on flights into Nairobi. For flight reservations, please contact Mr. Meshack Ndagwa on: quoting the code CONGB





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Africa Health Partners



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Marloes Bosker - Kibacha

Conference Coordinator