The Role of Self-care as a Critical Enabler for Universal Healthcare Coverage

Organized by the African Diaspora Network and Sanofi

November 17, 2022 8:00am-9:00 am PST

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines self-care as “the ability of individuals, families and communities to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health, and cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a health worker.” Based on current data, currently 3.6 billion people – half of the world – lack access to essential health services. As a critical path to reaching universal health coverage, the WHO recommends self-care interventions for every country and economic setting by promoting health, keeping the world safe, and serving the vulnerable.
To make self-care a more powerful contributor to healthcare systems sustainability toward stronger health outcomes for individuals and communities, individual empowerment hinges on continued efforts to boost health literacy through credible, consistent sources of information about self-care and aligned healthcare providers supporting it.
What role does self-care play in Africa? Why is self-care literacy so important? What can be done to improve self-care literacy? What is the role of governments, industry, NGOs, and the private sector, and why is their collaboration critical to the improvement and strengthening of self-care? What role can Africans, diasporans, and friends of Africa play in advancing selfcare?


Dr. Josephine Fubara

Chief Science Officer, Consumer Healthcare, Sanofi and Member of the Board of the African Diaspora Network (Moderator)

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.
Iain Barton

Dr. Iain Barton

MD Founding Principal, Health 4 Development

Iain Barton is an expert in innovating, incubating and scaling best practice functions in Global Health. Dr. Barton (Qualification: MB, ChB, Medicine at the University of Cape Town) is a medical doctor with 10 years clinical practice, 20 years in healthcare supply chain management and 3 years in healthcare systems advisory. Iain has a deep and broad professional experience in both commercial and public health sectors and before launching Health 4 Development, he was the CEO of the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI). He was responsible for developing the Regional Distribution Centers to support the global scale-up of the US Government’s PEPFAR (The United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) from 2005 – 2015 and for the Supply Chain Control Tower that supports the Global Fund’s Pooled Procurement Mechanism from 2008 – 2018.

Sham Moodley

Vice Chair of Independent Community Pharmacy Assoc (SA) and Executive on FIP CPS

Sham Moodley is a community pharmacist in the Durban South Basin area. His academic background includes BSc (Pharmacology) from University College Dublin Ireland), BPharm (UKZN), a Postgraduate Diploma (HIV/AIDS) from Stellenbosh University, a Masters Cum Laude from Stellenbosh University and a Ph.D. at UKZN. He was recognized as the South African Pharmacy Council’s National Pharmacist of the Year in 2008 and Community Pharmacist of the Year 2019. He served as elected member on the South African Pharmacy Council (2013-2018) Chair of the Disciplinary Committee. Sham regards himself as a dedicated healthcare professional with a passion for patient care and believes that pharmacy has a major role to play.
Kawaldip Sehmi

Kawaldip Sehmi

Chief Executive Officer, International Alliance of Patients' Organizations (IAPO)

Kawaldip oversees the strategy and direction of IAPO. He joins with extensive public health experience at national and international level. Kawaldip previously held the position of CEO at Richmond Psychosocial Foundation International and worked as Managing Director of Coram Children’s Legal Centre. He has European and international public health experience as Director of the Global Health Inequalities Programme and as Chairman of the European Network of Quitlines. Kawaldip’s qualifications include an MSc in the Public Health International Programme from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, an MBA in Business Administration from the London Business School and Open University, and an LLB (Hons) from the London College of Law.