The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic underscores the fragility and inequities of Africa’s healthcare infrastructure. According to the African Development Bank’s Strategy for Quality Health Infrastructure in Africa (2021), only half of the primary healthcare facilities in sub-Saharan Africa have access to clean water and adequate sanitation. The World Economic Forum notes that less than 10% of 1.2 billion people in Africa have been vaccinated compared to 50% of other countries. This historic public health crisis has infused urgency and built momentum in strengthening health systems in Africa.
Chief Science Officer, Consumer Healthcare; Sanofi
Vice President, Global Patient Advocacy, Pfizer
CEO, Institut Pasteur de Dakar in Senegal, Director, WHO Collaborating Center for Arboviruses and Viral Hemorrhagic Fever
Director Health Systems, PharmAccess Group