* All Speakers Confirmed

Day One 21st March 2006 - Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place Regent's Park London NW1 4LE

Special Guest in attendance arriving at 12.50pm:

     + Gareth Thomas MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for      International Development
     + Rosie Winterton MP, Minister of State at the Department of Health     
     + Mary Robinson President Ethical Globalisation Initiative Former President Ireland and
     United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Introduction by Dr Mohan Kaul Director General Commonwealth Business Council



Main Session-Opening Session


Overview and Current Focus on Africa’s Human Resource’s in Health Care


  • Mrs Florence Mugasha Deputy Secretary General Commonwealth Secretariat
  • Prof Eric Buch, Health Advisor New Partnership for Africa’s Development
  • Richard Dowden, Director, Royal African Society
  • Dr. Akpa Gbary, Regional Advisor for HRH World Health Organisation Africa World Health Organisation Regional Office Africa (WHO)
Chair: Fiona Weir, Director of Policy and Communications Save the Children
10.00AM-11.00AM Various Stake Holder Perspective: What is the impact of lack of human resources on your sector and what solutions have you developed to address it?


  • Prof Tony Moffat, Immediate Past Secretary, Commonwealth Pharmaceutical Association
  • Sylvia Denton, President Royal College of Nursing
  • Dr John Hunt, Regional Vice-President European Region, Commonwealth Dental Association
  • Dr Michael Pelly, Associate Director for Global Health Royal College of Physicians
  • Edwin Macharia Director - Rural Initiative HIV/AIDS Initiative- Clinton Foundation  
Chair: Dr. H Ntaba, Minister of Health Malawi
11.00AM-11.30AM Coffee break
11:30AM-12:30PM Making Globalisation Work for Africa: Diaspora Perspective


How Can We Ensure that Globalisation and the Free Movement of Much Needed Skills Benefit Africa? What is Presently being Done by Some of the Diaspora? Can it be Further Harnessed? If so, How?

  • Dr Stanley Okolo, Medical Association of Nigerian Specialist
  • Zodwa Dube, The Association of South African Nurses U.K
  • Dr Asa'ah Nkohkwo, Sickle Cell Society
  • Mandela Thyoka, Specialist Registrar Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital
  • Dr Abdelmoniem Ali, The Sudanese International Academy
  • Reginald G. Hughes, African Cultural Exchange, USA

Chair: Uduak Ben Udofia, Director, Nigeria Institute of Medical Research

12.30PM-01.30 PM Case Presentations of Programmes adding Capacity-What are the obstacles to effectively implementing current programmes and how have they been overcome?


  • Ndiaye Ndioro, Deputy Director General-International Organisation for Migration – MIDA Programme
  • Dr G. Lynne Lackey Visiting Professor, University of Maryland system /Lecturer, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and Technical Associate, HIV/AIDS policy and planning Swaziland National Emergency Response Council on HIV/AIDS
  • David Percy, Director for Healthcare Strategy, Tropical Health Education Trust
  • Dr Abdoulaye Bagnou, Coordonnateur Cabinet du Premier Ministre Niger
  • Dr Jimmy Whitworth, Head of International Activities, The Wellcome Trust
Chair: Jerry Bratkovich, PA Consulting Group
01.30PM-02.30PM Lunch sponsored Songhai Health Trust Nigeria
“The numerous current initiatives in Africa require high-level scientific technological and managerial skills.  The question is where the skills are going to come from.  Our answer is that from Africans in the Diaspora and the rest of the world.  The training of new graduates will take at least a generation or longer but the skills are needed now if the further deepening of poverty and marginalisation is to be reversed. This is the rationale for the Africa Recruit project”. New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Steering Committee March 2005"
02.30PM-03.30 PM Open Sessions - Exploring various opportunities to harness the skills and resources of the Diaspora – addressing the challenges and exploring the opportunities


Brief presentations of 5 minutes each with 30 minutes from the floor

  • Dr Livingstone Musoro, Senior Lecturer in Health Studies, Department of Applied Social Sciences, London Metropolitan University
  • Claire Niala
  • Florence Kariuki
  • Dr Femi Adenuga, Medical Director, Family Health Centre, Howard University, USA

Chair: Architect Tayo Halima Alao, Minister of State for Health, Nigeria

03.30PM-04.30PM What Policy Changes in both Africa and the West Can Address the Current Challenges? Perspective from the West?
  • Prof Buch, Health Advisor, NEPAD Secretariat
  • Dr. (Mrs.) Dora Nkem Akunyili, Director General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control Nigeria
  • Dr Helen Igobeko Lugina Coordinator Human Resources Development and Capacity Building Programme East, Central and Southern Africa (ECSA) Health Community Secretariat
  • Ramful Yogendranath, Principal Health Economist, Ministry of Health, Mauritius- the case of Mauritius
Chair: Patrick Frederick, CEO Aimex International
05.00 PM Close

“To unlock the vast human potential of Africa, we will work with Africa to create an environment where its most capable citizens, including teachers and healthcare workers, see a long term future on the continent. We will work with committed national governments in creating that environment” Investing in People-The Gleneagles Communiqué G8 Conference July 2005

Day Two 22nd-March 2006- Marlborough House, Pall Mall London SW1Y 5HX




What Policy Changes in both Africa and the West Can Address the Current Challenges? Perspective from Africa


  • Regina Keith - Health Policy Adviser Save the Children
  • Hugh Bayley MP and Chair Africa All Party Parliamentary Group
  • Tessa Lindfield, Public Health Adviser, Africa policy Department, Department For International Development
  • Dr. Neil Squires, Human and Social Development Unit DG Development, European Commission
Chair: Anne Keeling, Director Social Transformation Programmes Division Commonwealth Secretariat
10.00AM-11.00AM What Operational Changes Can be Implemented to Take Advantage of the Goodwill by the Diaspora


  • Dr Kate Adams, Deputy Chair, British Medical Association
  • Dr Tesfamicael Ghebrehiwet, Consultant Nursing and Health Policy International Council of Nurses
  • Professor Malegapuru Makgoba, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Dr Awolola, President, Society for Telemedicine and EHealth in Nigeria
  • Dr Tabita Shokai, Federal Minister of Health Sudan
  • Dr Ken Sagoe, Director of Human Resources, Ministry of Health, Ghana

Chair: Frances Day-Stirk, Director Learning Research and Practice Development Royal College of Midwives

11.00AM-11.40AM Coffee Break
11:40AM-12:45PM Brief Presentations and Interactive Session via web cast


  • Dr Gregory J Lydall, UK Representative, Rural Health Initiative: brief on Rural Heath Initiative South Africa
  • Dr Peter Ngatia, African Medical and Research Foundation Director of Learning Systems
  • Dr Catherine Uzoma, Head International Healthcare Services, Howard University, USA
Chair: :  Don Nwose
12.45PM-02.00PM Lunch 
02.00PM-3.30 PM Sourcing Skills and Services from the Diaspora an Option? What are the Best Practice Options for Diaspora Professionals to Contribute?"


  • Mark Goldring, Chief Executive Officer-Voluntary Services Overseas
  • Dr. Laetitia King, Chief Academic Officer and Associate Dean, Nursing, Aga Khan University East Africa
  • Dr. Akpa Gbary, Regional Advisor for HRH World Health Organisation Africa
  • Mrs Akintola Director African Council for Sustainable Health Development

Chair: Dr Olujimi Coker, Consultant Surgeon, UK &THET Surgical instructor Ghana

03.30PM-05.00PM Role of Business in Africa’s Healthcare – Public/Private Partnership
  • Mrs. Fola Laoye Hygeia Nigeria Limited a model for healthcare delivery Nigeria
  • Jennie Gillies: HIV/AIDS Manager SAB Miller
  • Richard Wagner Affordable Medicines for Africa
  • Jerry Bratkovich, PA Consulting

Chair: Dr Folabi Ogunlesi, Huntleigh Healthcare Nigeria

05.00PM-05.20PM Coffee Break
05.20PM-06.00PM Drawing up an Action Plan with Recommendations and Concluding Statement

“NEPAD recognises health as one of the most serious causalities consequent on the poverty, social exclusion, marginlisation and lack of sustainable development in Africa. Professor Eric Buch NEPAD Health Adviser".