Strengthening Healthcare Infrastructure & Systems in Africa

Session Description

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.

  • What would comprise a new public health order to improve healthcare infrastructure and institutions in Africa?
  • How can the continent overcome longstanding challenges and inefficiencies, including the brain drain, gaps in legislation and implementation, and a lack of coordination in healthcare development? 
  • What role can governments, NGOs, corporations, and multilateral agencies play in providing and stewarding resources to help communities affected by COVID-19 and prepare for future health threats? 
This session explores innovative and practical approaches to shaping the future of health and healthcare in Africa.


Dr. Josephine Fubara

Dr. Josephine Fubara

Chief Science Officer, Sanofi Consumer Healthcare

Dr. Fubara is the Chief Science Officer for Sanofi’s Consumer Healthcare business, where she leads a team responsible for developing and executing innovations for pain, allergy, digestive wellness, cough/cold, and physical & mental wellness, representing €4.5 billion (2021) of business. She is an award-winning R&D executive and respected leader with over 22 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, establishing herself as a subject matter expert in strategic partnerships, product development, third-party development, technology transfer, commercialization, and alliance governance models.


Emma Andrews, Pharm.D.

Vice President, Global Patient Advocacy, Pfizer

Emma Andrews, Pharm.D., is Pfizer’s Vice President, Global Patient Advocacy, leading the organization’s work to embed the patient perspective across all of Pfizer’s efforts – from bench to bedside, and beyond. A registered pharmacist, Emma is passionate about helping people live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. In her current role, Emma works with internal and external stakeholders to advance patient-focused programs across the enterprise. Emma joined Pfizer in 1999 and has held a variety of positions in Operations, Research, and Strategy. Most recently, Emma was Senior Director US/Global Medical Affairs Team Lead for the Women’s Health Franchise.
Amadou A Sall

Dr. Amadou A Sall

CEO, Institut Pasteur de Dakar in Senegal, Director, WHO Collaborating Center for Arboviruses and Viral Hemorrhagic Fever

Dr. Amadou A Sall is the CEO of Institut Pasteur de Dakar in Senegal and director of the WHO collaborating center for Arboviruses and viral hemorrhagic fever. He has been chairman of the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network and a member of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness and Innovation (CEPI) Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Sall is a virologist with a Ph.D. in Public health. He is an expert in epidemics response and control, more specifically for arboviruses and viral hemorrhagic fevers (Ebola, Zika, Yellow fever…). He is a member of several expert committees for WHO (GOARN, TDR, SAGE, STAG-IH…) and OIE. Dr. Sall is the co-chair of the COVID-19 laboratory technical working group of the Africa Center for Disease Control and a member of the task force for COVID-19 in Senegal.

Pierre R Theodore, MD

Executive Director and Head of Patient Inclusion and Health Equity, Genentech

Pierre R Theodore, MD, serves as Genentech’s Executive Director and Head of Patient Inclusion and Health Equity. In this role, he is responsible for working across the family of Roche Pharmaceuticals to catalyze health equity and manage external affairs that drive long-term relationships that support Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Pierre has had a distinguished career in healthcare service delivery, innovation, and global health in both academic and private sector roles. A member of the teaching faculty of Stanford University, Pierre is a board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon. He has held a range of leadership roles in industry and global public health focused on health equity addressing the barriers to the availability and accessibility of novel technologies.