Second WHO Africa Health Forum

Achieving Universal Health Coverage and Health Security : The Africa We Want to See

The Government of Cabo Verde and the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa will jointly host the second WHO Africa Health Forum on the theme: Achieving Universal Health Coverage and Health Security: The Africa We Want to See.

The Forum will take place in Praia, Cabo Verde, 26–28 March 2019.

The WHO Africa Health Forum will discuss progress made so far on the implementation of the Call to Action from the first WHO Africa Health Forum: Putting People First – The Road to Universal Health Coverage in Africa.



Draft agenda

1Registration8:00National Assembly Foyer
2Opening ceremony and launch of WHO AFRO Harnessing Innovative Solutions09:00 - 10:30Salão Nobre
3Group photo and networking10:30 - 11:00Lower Level
4Press conference11:00 - 11:30 Sala Jornadas 2
5Session 1: Taking Universal Health Coverage to the Next Step in Africa11:30 - 13:30 Salão Nobre
6Lunch and Networking13:30 - 15:30Restaurant and tent
7Youth side event: Investing in Young People to Achieve Universal Health Coverage in the Africa Region14:15 - 15:15Sala Jornadas 1
8Session 2: Multisector Collaboration to Improve Health Outcomes 15:30 -17:30Salão Nobre
9Welcome Reception18:00Tbc
1Session 3: Private Sector Engagement for Universal Health Coverage: Getting to Evidence-Based Action09:00 - 11:00Salão Nobre
2Discussions and Networking11:00 - 11:30 Exhibition Place
3Setting the scene for the expanded session 4: Collaboration for Improved Coordination, Preparedness and Global Health Security 11:30 - 12:30Salão Nobre
4Lunch and Networking12:30 - 14:30
5Side Event: Best Practices- Cabo Verde13:15 - 14:30Sala Jornadas 1
6Side event 2: Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response: Celebrating 20 years of IDSR in Africa13:15 - 14:15Sala Jornadas 2
7Session 4, Part One: Health Security: Opportunities and Challenges14:30–16:30Salão Nobre
8Discussions and Networking16:30 - 17:00Exhibition place
9Side event: Cholera Prevention and Control17:00 - 19:00Salão Nobre
1Session 4, Part Two: Health Security: An Entry Point to Universal Health Coverage09:00 - 11:00Salão Nobre
2Discussions and Networking11:00 - 11:30Exhibition Place
3Session 4, Part Three: Sustainable Financing for Health Security in Africa11:30 - 13:30Salão Nobre
4Lunch and Networking13:30 - 15:30Restaurant and tent
5Side event on GIS technology14:15 - 15:15Sala Jornadas 1
6Closing ceremony15:30 - 17:00Salão Nobre

Welcome to Cabo Verde

At the crossroads of the three continents that border the Atlantic, there is an obligatory stop in the middle of the ocean – the archipelago of Cabo Verde. Located 450 km off the coast of Senegal, it is composed of 10 islands and eight islets. Of volcanic origin and positioned between parallels 15 and 17 of the north latitude, Cabo Verde consists of two distinctly different types of islands. Its six inhabited islands, located more to the west, are characterized by their mountainous landscapes, while the remaining four islands are distinguished by their long sandy beaches.

The islands are divided into two groups named according to the trade winds that reach them from the African continent: windward and leeward.

The first group consists of the islands of Santo Antão, São Vicente, Santa Luzia (inhabitated), São NicolauSalBoa Vista and the second, more to the South, comprises the islands of MaioSantiagoFogo and Brava. The sun spreads its warmth the whole year round, soothed by the fresh sea breeze. The climate is tropical and dry. The average temperature is approximately 25°C and changes do not exceed 10°C.