Tuesday 07 December
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Context
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted many health emergency challenges across the globe and has shown that global health security is built on robust, local health security foundations. The recent vaccination challenges have also raised additional concerns, and opportunities in African’s pharmaceutical sector in terms of access to medical /health products, supply chain and logistics, manufacturing, movement and management across the continent. The ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is worsening the situation by highlighting the challenges posed by the pre-existing interdependencies on international supply chains. Supply chain and logistics have been disrupted by COVID-19 thus, the need for concerted efforts and a holistic/multisectoral approach when addressing these issues at regional and continental level.
 
Many countries in Africa possess underutilized capacity to produce quality-assured essential pharmaceutical products locally. However, insufficient use of existing human resource and knowledge are hindering efforts to make use of local capacity in human, technological, financial, and infrastructure systems. Scaling up African pharmaceutical capacity will help provide sustainable access to quality medical products and support the continents long-term development goals under the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
 
All timings are Eastern Africa Time (EAT)
Wednesday 08 December
8:30
Opening Ceremony
 
Andrew Dowell, CEO of GRV Global Ltd
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Opening Remarks
 
Dr Daniel Ngamije, Minister of Ministry of Health - Rwanda
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Opening Keynote Address
 
Dr. Kasonde Mwinga, Director - Universal Health Coverage/Life Course Cluster, of World Health Organisation
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Panel 1: Strengthening Africa’s Pharmaceutical Sector: challenges and opportunities
As the African continent recovers from impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, supporting Africa’s pharmaceutical sector through local manufacturing of pharmaceutical products must be considered as a priority to improve access to essential health services and medical products to strengthen the continent’s economic autonomy and sustainable development. COVID-19 has demonstrated the health dangers from extreme import dependence and low purchasing power and has also shown the scope and capability for local industrial innovation. Panel 1 will look at the significance of local pharmaceutical and essential medical production including vaccines production. Panelists will discuss the challenges which the continent faces and the possible solutions building on regional homegrown existing strategies and initiatives being in terms of ensuring skills, capacity, quality, and training across the pharmaceutical logistic and supply chain system.
 
Panel Chair: Joseph Mutasaaga, Manager Business Planning and Development of National Drug Authority, Uganda
 
Dr. Liliane Marie Aline Gounabou, Technical Adviser Pharmaceutic of Ministry of Health - Burkina Faso
 
Ms. Sophie Molle, Senior Healthcare Manager of GS1 Global Office
 
Ms. Nuran Idris, Healthcare Manager, Africa of GS1 Global Office
 
Jolly Abu, Executive Pharmaceutical Officer of United Nations
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Spotlight Address
 
Ms. Sophie Molle, Senior Healthcare Manager of GS1 Global Office
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1-2-1 Matchmaking Meetings: Check your inbox for schedules
Across the two-day event, private breakout sessions will be dedicated to 1-2-1 matchmaking meetings between Government, leading pharmaceutical, logistics and health experts, UN & International Agency stakeholders and leading local, regional and global operators. Scheduled 15-minute appointments are prearranged to provide a unique opportunity to share, network, and develop partnerships that will not only strengthen regional and international cooperation but also, further the continent’s health efforts and long-term wellbeing of its citizens
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Panel 2: Digital Health Technologies & Localized Innovation
The COVID-19 crisis has disrupted the pharma supply chain by exposing Africa's vulnerabilities but has created and enabled new opportunities for pharma supply chain players. Panel 2 will discuss new opportunities in pharmaceutical supply chain innovations and digital technologies in the African pharma value chains. Panelists will provide examples of learnings, challenges, and offer solutions on how to develop sustainable and innovative pharma supply chains models and new outlooks for adapting more efficient models using innovative digital tools to improve the quality of supply chain, medical products, and build resilient health supply systems.
 
Panel Chair: Dr. Shital Maru, Senior Lecturer and Academic Lead For Pharmaceutics and Pharmacy Practice of Department of Pharmacy Faculty of Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy, University of Nairobi
 
George Afful, Med4All Manager of Pharmaccess Group, Ghana
 
Dr. Mohammed Zurga, Director, Global Pharmaceutical Services Unit of International Medical Corps
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Spotlight Address - A Digital Solution for Last-Mile Pharma Supply Chain
 
Dr. Mohammed Zurga, Director, Global Pharmaceutical Services Unit of International Medical Corps
 
Yazeed Ayasra, Director, Health Systems Applications of International Medical Corps
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Panel 3: Legal & Regulatory Frameworks
This session will look at the role that local regulatory authorities and bodies play to streamline regulatory processes. Panelists will discuss how to ensure quality, safety, affordable medical products and a traceable assurance system across the vaccine supply and logistics value chain in local Africa markets to avoid complexities such as counterfeiting, product damage, temperature control. They will examine examples to improve and maintain a harmonized regulatory system by increasing investment into local production in Africa, coordinating supply chain and manufacturing for medical product, and developing resources both for buying and development of vaccines to guarantee an operational market design and procurement system.
 
Panel Chair: Ahmed Al Bastaki, Chief Strategy Officer of Rafed UAE
 
Ms. Christelna Reynecke, Chief Operating Officer of SAHPRA - South African Health Products Regulatory Authority
 
Deon Poovan, Senior Manager: Inspectorate and Regulatory Compliance of SAHPRA - South African Health Products Regulatory Authority
 
Nonofo Thipe, Legal and Corporate Secretary of Botswana Medicines Regulatory Authority
 
Ap Boom, CFO of TAPA EMEA
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1-2-1 Matchmaking Meetings: Check your inbox for schedules
Across the two-day event, private breakout sessions will be dedicated to 1-2-1 matchmaking meetings between Government, leading pharmaceutical, logistics and health experts, UN & International Agency stakeholders and leading local, regional and global operators. Scheduled 15-minute appointments are prearranged to to provide a unique opportunity to share, network, and develop partnerships that will not only strengthen regional and international cooperation but also, further the continent’s health efforts and long-term wellbeing of its citizens
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Networking Lunch Break - Virtual Booths
Take a break whilst visiting the full range of PLA2021 virtual booths. Event Sponsors host personalised interactive booths for you to explore; you can chat online, hold video calls and obtain e-takeaways.
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Live Q&A Sessions
Put your questions to our expert panellists during a series of live video webcasts. Main panel content will be available the day before the event to give attendees time to look ahead and submit their questions.
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Panel 4: African Journey: Pharma Freight and Medical Products Distribution To and Within Africa
This panel will discuss logistical challenges and opportunities of moving vaccines and other medical products across the African continent until the last mile. Panelists will discuss solutions and areas of opportunities how to overcome logistical challenges in moving health products across the African in terms of cold storage capacity, handling, and storing of vaccines to ensure a safe, secure, and resilient supply chain across the African continent.
 
Panel Chair: Fabrice Pierre Augustin Panza , Manager of Global Cool Chain Solutions of Etihad Cargo
 
Anthony Kirunda, Sub-National Activity Manager, USAID/Strengthening Supply Chain Systems Activity of Management Sciences for Health
 
Jean-Cedric Meeus, Chief Global transport of UNICEF
 
Remo Hanselmann, Managing Director of World Courier
 
Dah El Hadj Sidi, Technical Director of USAID funded Global Health Supply Chain Technical Assistance Francophone Task Order (GHSC-TA Francophone TO) project, Chemonics International
 
Sanjeev Gadhia, CEO of Astral Aviation
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Keynote Address - World Courier COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution in Africa
 
Remo Hanselmann, Managing Director of World Courier
13:15 - 13:45
Panel 1 Q&A: Strengthening Africa’s Pharmaceutical Sector: challenges and opportunities
14:00 - 14:30
Panel 2 Q&A: Digital Health Technologies & Localized Innovation
14:45 - 15:15
Panel 3 Q&A: Legal & Regulatory Frameworks
15:30 - 16:00
Panel 4 Q&A: African Journey: Pharma Freight and Medical Products Distribution To and Within Africa
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1-2-1 Pre-scheduled Meetings: Check your inbox for schedules
Across the two-day event, private breakout sessions will be dedicated to 1-2-1 matchmaking meetings between Government, leading pharmaceutical, logistics and health experts, UN & International Agency stakeholders and leading local, regional and global operators. Scheduled 15-minute appointments are prearranged to provide a unique opportunity to share, network, and develop partnerships that will not only strengthen regional and international cooperation but also, further the continent’s health efforts and long-term wellbeing of its citizens
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Spotlight Address
 
Supporting local production of COVID-19-relevant items in the Southern African Development Community
Dr. Gerard Servais, Technical Team Leader of German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ)
Thursday 09 December
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Keynote Address - Hope Consortium
 
Robert Sutton , Head of Abu Dhabi Ports’ Logistics Cluster of HOPE Consortium
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Panel 5: Health emergencies, epidemics management strategies and preparedness
Health emergencies such as the COVID – 19 Pandemic and other epidemics have had an unprecedented effect on healthcare proving that public health systems are still not well equipped to respond to emergencies, disaster, and outbreaks. Panelists will discuss how the pharmaceutical sector can solve pressing problems in the continent on the humanitarian level to ensure the delivery and distribution of correct medical equipment and medicines during a disaster or disease outbreak. Only through a whole of society approach and global partnerships between humanitarian associations, health institutions, governments, international organization, customs, procuring agencies and pharmaceutical manufacturers, and the private sector can access to medicines and health outcomes in Africa be improved.
 
Panel Chair: Ms. Virginie Bohl, Coordinator of IMPACCT initiative
 
Dr. Olukayode Fasominu, Senior Manager of UNICEF
 
Ebrima S. Jabbi, Health Officer of Gambia Red Cross Society
 
Dr. Emmanuel Agogo, Country Representative of RTSL ( Resolve to Save Lives)
 
Hitesh Hurkchand, Senior Advisor, Global Health Strategy and Partnerships of World Food Programme
 
Ms. Naomi Ngaruiya, Community Epidemic Preparedness Program Coordinator of Kenya Red Cross Society
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1-2-1 Matchmaking Meetings: Check your inbox for schedules
Across the two-day event, private breakout sessions will be dedicated to 1-2-1 matchmaking meetings between Government, leading pharmaceutical, logistics and health experts, UN & International Agency stakeholders and leading local, regional and global operators. Scheduled 15-minute appointments are prearranged to provide a unique opportunity to share, network, and develop partnerships that will not only strengthen regional and international cooperation but also, further the continent’s health efforts and long-term wellbeing of its citizens
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Spotlight Address - IMPACCT
 
Ms. Virginie Bohl, Coordinator of IMPACCT initiative
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Panel 6: Inclusive Responses to Public Health Emergencies in Africa (SPONSORED by Chemonics International Inc.)
The COVID-19 pandemic and other disease outbreaks has impacted health systems and disrupted the livelihood and overall well-being of people around the world, and the African continent is not spared. Despite efforts to address public health emergencies on the continent and efforts of African governments and other stakeholders to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, these continue to impact human rights and exacerbates inequalities and disparities that are already in existence. The marginalized and underrepresented communities, such as women’s health, continue to be undermined in leadership and decision-making processes across global and national health institutions. Panelists will discuss solutions to create an equitable access to mainstream healthcare services and ensuring inclusive health responses serve as a means of addressing health inequities and disparities.
 
Panel Chair: Dr. James Riungu, Chief of Party of Afya Ugavi Activity USAID Global Health Supply Chain – Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) Project, Chemonics International
 
Dr. Stavros Nicolaou, Group Senior Executive, Strategic Trade Development of Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Ltd
 
Dr. Julius Mugwagwa, Associate Professor of Innovation and Development of University College London
 
Ms Regina Mariam Kamoga Namata, Executive Director of Community Health And Information Network (CHAIN)
 
Ms Lusubiro Mwamsamali, Supply Chain Manager & Technical Lead of VillageReach
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Panel 7: New Public health Order for Africa - Financing and investment opportunities in healthcare systems and infrastructure
Health, as a development issue, continues to have a significant impact on the economic and social security of countries and regions across Africa. Africa’s underlying presence of widespread diseases is the largest in the world and infectious diseases play a particularly severe role on the continent. Panelists will discuss ways of rethinking Africa’s public health order to address infectious disease threats and offer solutions on strengthening national public health institutions, investment in local production of vaccines, and investment in public health workforce and leadership programs and finally long-term key partnerships.
 
Panel Chair: Ms. Lolem B. Ngong , Chief of Staff  of Amref Health Africa
 
Dr. Anastasia Nyalita, Chief Executive Officer of Kenya Healthcare Federation, KHF
 
Mrs Azuka Okeke, CEO of Africa Resource Center for Excellence in Supply Chain Management (ARC_ESM)
 
Dr. Rispah Walumbe, Health Policy Advisor of Amref Health Africa
 
Ms. Jane Karonga, Economic Affairs Officer of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
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Spotlight Address - Use of data for supply chain decision making
 
Anthony Kirunda, Sub-National Activity Manager, USAID/Strengthening Supply Chain Systems Activity of Management Sciences for Health
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1-2-1 Matchmaking Meetings: Check your inbox for schedules
Across the two-day event, private breakout sessions will be dedicated to 1-2-1 matchmaking meetings between Government, leading pharmaceutical, logistics and health experts, UN & International Agency stakeholders and leading local, regional and global operators. Scheduled 15-minute appointments are prearranged to provide a unique opportunity to share, network, and develop partnerships that will not only strengthen regional and international cooperation but also, further the continent’s health efforts and long-term wellbeing of its citizens
.
Networking Lunch Break - Virtual Booths
Take a break whilst visiting the full range of PLA2021 virtual booths. Event Sponsors host personalised interactive booths for you to explore; you can chat online, hold video calls and obtain e-takeaways.
.
Live Q&A Sessions
Put your questions to our expert panellists during a series of live video webcasts. Main panel contentwill be available the day before the event to give attendees time to look ahead and submit their questions.
13:15 - 13:45
Panel 5 Q&A: Health emergencies, epidemics management strategies and preparedness
14:00 - 14:30
Panel 6 Q&A: Inclusive Responses to Public Health Emergencies in Africa (SPONSORED by Chemonics International Inc.)
14:45 - 15:15
Panel 7 Q&A: Public Health Order for Africa - Financing and investment opportunities in healthcare systems and infrastructure