Nkafu Africa Health Forum

About the Nkafu Africa Health Forum (NAHF)

The Nkafu Africa Health Forum offers an exclusive, up-to-date view of the major opportunities and challenges affecting the health sector in Africa. By pooling together the brightest minds from across the continent and associating key governmental and non-governmental stakeholders, the NAHF is poised to make its mark on Africa’s drive toward modernization of its health sector and attaining universal health coverage.

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Why you should attend?

The NAHF is an appropriate platform to meet and collaborate with key stakeholders, learn about innovative solutions to sustain global health, and share your research work and innovations.


The Forum is committed to protecting the health and safety of our attendees, presenters, and staff against the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, this forum shall be completely virtual. All attendees seeking to attend this forum shall make provision for good internet service.

Who will attend?


Senior-level online participants


of participants from policy organizations


High level speakers from public & private sector.

Venue / Date

Theme: Realizing the Potential – Africa’s Healthcare Delivery Post-COVID


Denis Foretia
Dr. Denis Foretia

Founder & Executive Chairman - Nkafu Policy Institute

Fri Asanga

CEO – Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation

Dr. Ronald Gobina
Dr. Ronald Gobina

Director of the Health Policy and Research Program

Dr. Odette Kibu

Senior Health Policy Analyst | Coordinator – Nkafu Policy Institute

Dr Ngo Valery Ngo
Dr. Ngo Valery Ngo

Senior Health Researcher

Dr. Fuein Vera Kum
Dr. Fuein Vera Kum

Research Fellow – Economic Affairs

Dr. Constantine Asahngwa
Dr. Constantine Asahngwa

Research Fellow in Health Policy

Desmond T Jumbam
Desmond T Jumbam MSGH

Director Health Policy and Advocacy, Operation Smile

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Event Schedule

10:30 – 10:10 am GMT+1

Opening Ceremony

10:10 – 10:30 am GMT+1

Keynote Address: Africa’s Health System in the COVID-19 Era

10:30 – 11:00 am GMT+1

Ted Talk: Sustainable Health for Sustainable Development in Africa

10:30 – 11:00 am GMT+1

Ted Talk: Sustainable Health for Sustainable Development in Africa

11:00 – 12:00 pm GMT+1

Plenary Session: Attaining Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in the COVID-19 Era: Challenges and Opportunities

12:00 – 12:20 pm GMT+1


12:20 – 13:20 pm GMT+1

Concurrent Sessions

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown an uncontested role in digitizing health care services. It has accelerated the advent of digital tools and technologies for public health messaging, epidemiologic surveillance, and an increase in the quality of health care services.

This session shall discuss how digitalization can be effectively deployed in a sustainable manner to achieve the public health goals of quality, accessibility, efficiency, and equity in health care. It shall discuss the different digital health-related innovations existing across Africa and how countries can tap into the advantages of these innovations

Attaining universal health coverage depends on how different health systems finance health services. The majority of Africans do not have access to health care services due to the cost and many others receive poor quality services even when they pay out-of-pocket. Carefully designed and implemented health financing policies can help to address these issues.

This session will discuss the different healthcare financing strategies existing across Africa, their strengths and weaknesses, and what lessons can be learned to effectively finance health care and reduce out-of-pocket expenditure in Africa.

12:20 – 13:20 pm GMT+1

Abstract Presentation

13:30 – 13:50 pm GMT+1

One on One Ted Talk

13:50 – 14:20 pm GMT+1

Keynote Address: Modernization of Africa Health Care Systems: Advances, Gaps, and Lessons From COVID-19

14:20 – 15:00 pm GMT+1

View Posters/Networking.

10:00 – 10:30 am GMT+1

Keynote Address: Sustainable Public Health Delivery in Africa in the COVID 19 Era

10:30 – 11:00 am GMT+1

Ted Talk

11:00 – 12:30 pm GMT+1

Plenary Session: Increasing Africa’s Diagnostic and Pharmaceutical Capacity

12:30 – 12:50 pm GMT+1


12:20 – 13:20 pm GMT+1

Concurrent Sessions

The African continent carries a disproportionately high share of the global infectious disease burden. The extraordinary scientific progress made during the COVID-19 pandemic gives hope in addressing a range of life-threatening infectious diseases. This session shall offer an opportunity to consolidate the lessons learned from current and past pandemics as well as explore cross-border collaboration and capacity building to further enhance readiness on a continental level.

The challenge of optimizing surgical care remains a major public health issue, especially in resource-poor settings where emergency surgical conditions meet unpreparedness due to low health savings and high out-of-pocket medical expenditures. Bridging the gap between point-of-care surgical necessities and limitations in access requires concerted action between clinicians, communities, and other stakeholders. This session will explore realities on the ground and propose solutions to improve access to quality surgical care.

Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the number one cause of death globally with up to 80% of deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries. Limited human and financial resources further complicate the task of mounting an effective shield against CVD. This session will discuss innovative, groundbreaking models for the fight against CVD.

Africa’s cancer burden is on the rise, and the significant female gender susceptibility is a major clarion call for all stakeholders. This gender-sensitive session will discuss trends in cancer epidemiology, novel therapeutic options, and prospects for modern holistic cancer care in Africa.

Rapid advancement in technology and the advent of big data and artificial intelligence are taking the health sector by storm, albeit with significant regional disparities. Gains made in the African continent alongside challenges and opportunities will be discussed during this session.

14:00 – 15:00 pm GMT+1

Abstract Presentation

15:00 p.m.- 15:20 p.m. GMT +1

The Future of Health Care in Africa

15:20 p.m. – 15:30 p.m. GMT + 1

Closing Remarks


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