Webinar series 2021

The future of health: Unlocking the potential of Artificial Intelligence for healthcare in Africa

May 13th, 3:30pm – 5:00pm EAT
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is defined as: “the imitation of human acumen in machines that are typically programmed to imitate human actions.” It is interdisciplinary science with numerous approaches of machine learning in the technology industry. In the recent past, AI has moved from being a futuristic promise into a reference point for innovation and is making its way out of research laboratories in Africa. Due to its potential, stakeholders and governments around the world are taking steps and collaborating to ensure responsible development and leapfrog the use of AI. There is still much to be learned from organizations that are changing health outcomes around the world, and Africa is no exception.

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Africa’s readiness for the COVID-19 vaccination drive

April 8th, 3:30pm – 5:00pm EAT

Africa is yet to secure adequate volumes of the vaccine. As of 8th April 2021, Africa has administered vaccines to approximately 0.65% of the entire population and the African Union has a goal of vaccinating 60%. So Africa is behind, but things are moving in the right direction. The COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility (COVAX) is complementing the AU’s work with the goal of vaccinating 20% of the world’s population. This means there is a gap of 40% that the AU needs to fill. To this end, they are looking for further funding and support. Thus far, they have been able to secure additional finances and vaccines. This includes 220 million doses of the J&J vaccine, which is considered a game changer because it only requires a single dose, reducing the number of visits required and, therefore, the likelihood of attrition. (Even for standard medications, when patients have to return to a clinic, the rate of attrition is around 30-40%.)

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Health Business Investment in Africa

March 25th, 3:30pm – 5:00pm EAT

There are many barriers to providing adequate healthcare in Africa, but many of them can be addressed through increased investment in the sector. Recent estimates show that the African health sector will be worth around $259 billion by 2030, with the potential to create over 16 million jobs across the continent. There is great potential in the health sector, especially with an enabling environment for private sector engagement and participation.

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One year on: What have we learned since news of COVID-19 first broke?

February 25th, 3:30pm – 5:00pm EAT

Addressing the COVID-19 pandemic has forced Africa to view health from a new perspective. Rather than representing a single, isolated issue, health is now seen as vital and integrated with every other aspect of governments and economies. This highlights the need for a multi-sectoral approach in preventing and addressing future pandemics. Public-private action is essential because both sectors serve the same population and actions on both sides are impacting the other.

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One year on: What have we learned since news of COVID-19 first broke?
Health business investment in Africa
Africa’s readiness for the COVID-19 vaccination drive
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