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 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 organizing team calls on partners to let us know what they have been doing concerning the Call to Action from the first WHO Africa Health Forum: Putting People First– The Road to Universal Health Coverage in Africa.

Why attend?

The second WHO Africa Health Forum will be 2019’s seminal health-focused event on the continent. Together, participants will identify workable solutions for more effective health security governance, for strengthening health systems and for ultimately delivering universal health coverage. The Forum will help kickstart new partnerships for improving the health of Africans across the region.

Streaming from the Second Africa Health Forum

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Draft agenda

1Morning walk the talk – Open-air jogging & aerobics6:30-07:30Quebra Canela beach area
2Registration 08:00National Assembly foyer
3Opening ceremony, Welcome and introductory remarks09:00National Assembly of Cabo Verde
4Launch of the exhibition to showcase health innovations in Africa Ribbon-cutting ceremony – Launch10:30Salão Nobre
5Press conference: 11:00Sala Jornadas 2
6Session 1: Taking Universal Health Coverage to the Next Step in Africa: Leave No One Behind11:30Salão Nobre
7Lunch and networking13:30Restaurant and tent
8Youth side event: Investing in Young People as a Key to Achieving Universal Health Coverage in the African Region14:15 Sala Jornadas 1 and Salão Nobre
9Session 2: Multisector Collaboration to Improve Health Outcomes15:30 Salão Nobre
10Welcome reception18:00 National Assembly balcony area upper floor
1Morning walk the talk: Open air jogging & aerobics06:30Quebra Canela beach area
2Session 3: Moving Beyond Rethoric to Evidence- Based Action for Private sector engagement for UHC09:00Salão Nobre
3Health break and networking 11:00Exhibition space
4Health Security in Africa: From Preparedness to Response: Collaboration for Improved Coordination, Preparedness and Global Health Security11:30Salão Nobre
5Lunch and networking12:30Restaurant and tent
6Side event 1: Cabo Verde Good Practices for Universal Health Coverage13:00Sala Jornadas 1
7Session 4, Part One: Health Security: Opportunities and Challenges14:30Salão Nobre
8Health break and networking16:30Exhibition place
9Side event: Cholera Prevention and Control17:00Salão Nobre
10Day of the Cabo Verdean women: Aerobics & health mega class17:00National Assembly front avenue
1Morning walk the talk – Open-air jogging & aerobics at the 06:30Quebra Canela beach area
2Side event 4: Global Strategic Preparedness Network08:00Sala Jornadas 1
3Session 4, Part Three: Sustainable Financing for Health Security in Africa11:30 Salão Nobre
4Lunch and Networking13:30 - 15:30Restaurant and tent
5Side event 5: GIS technology14:15 Sala Jornadas 1
6Closing ceremony15:30Salão 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.