Skoll Event | Africa Leads the Way: A Compact for a 21st Century Health Workforce

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As the African Union (AU) strives toward ensuring Africa’s health security and economic recovery, there has been a sharpened focus on Africa’s actions toward human resource capitalization for health. In February 2022, at the 35th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the AU Heads of State, H.E. President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa and the AU Champion for COVID-19, successfully proposed the establishment of the AU Health Workforce Task Team to meet the human resource needs of this moment.

Please join the AU, the Africa CDC, Seed Global Health, and Amref Health Africa at Skoll World Forum as we share more about the AU Health Workforce Task Team at our event titled Africa Leads the Way: A Compact for a 21st Century Health Workforce.

Framed as a compact, the African-led framework will harmonize governments and partners towards a single vision that is jointly executed, ensure the critical longer timelines required for results in this sector, and create accountability and results through alignment of vision, resources, and comprehensive, dedicated measurement that defines equity and progress. 

DETAILS | DATE: Friday, April 8, 2022 | TIME: 8 am EDT | 1 pm BST | 2 pm CAT | LOCATION: Online


  • Dr. John N. Nkengasong, Director, Africa CDC
  • Dr. Githinji Gitahi, Global CEO, Amref Health Africa and Chair, Recovery Pillar for the Africa COVID-19 Commission
  • Prof. Maha El Rabbat, Professor of Public Health, Cairo University and WHO Director General Special Envoy on COVID-19
  • Dr. Vanessa Kerry, CEO, Seed Global Health and Director of the Program in Global Public Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School


  • Dr. Ama Pokuaa Fenny, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Statistical, Social and Economics Research (ISSER), University of Ghana and Chair for the Africa COVID-19 Commission



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