African Union and Billionaire Philanthropist, Bill Gates Urge Regional Leaders to Invest in Healthcare

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The African Union, along with various stakeholders and leaders from across the continent and beyond, including billionaire philanthropist, Bill Gates, have called for increased investments in healthcare.

Gates, who is Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is set to deliver remarks at the African Union Summit 2019 and the first annual Africa Leadership Meeting under the theme ‘Investing in Health’.

Speaking to an audience of Heads of State and Government, representatives of the African Union and business leaders, he will highlight the remarkable progress made in the fight against poor health and the urgent need to further commit to and support investment in human capital to ensure this progress is not lost.

The Africa Leadership Meeting: Investing in Health will be the first platform bringing together governments, private sector and the global development community, to coordinate and accelerate progress toward achieving Universal Health Coverage.

Hosted by the African Union on February 9th ahead of its 32nd Summit, the meeting marks the launch of a new Africa-led initiative to deliver increased, sustained and more impactful financing for health across Africa.

Bill Gates will be joined by Paul Kagame, President of Republic of Rwanda; Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of African Union Commission; Erna Solberg, the Prime Minister of Norway; and Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations.

During the AU Summit on February 10th, Bill Gates will deliver opening remarks, drawing on his, and the Foundation’s experiences in Africa to discuss progress and challenges in reaching the development goals and making access to health services a reality for the world’s poorest people.

With more than half of Africa’s population lacking essential health services, investing in health is a priority for the foundation, and key to unlocking productivity and innovation and driving economic growth across the continent.

Signaling the Foundation’s ongoing commitment to supporting African development, Bill Gates will be accompanied during his visit to Addis Ababa, by Cheikh Oumar Seydi who was recently appointed Africa Director at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Seydi will lead the Foundation as it plans on partnering with African countries and supporting the mission of healthcare and poverty eradication.

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