3rd annual global health Atlanta Summit to focus on ‘Health in Africa”

By Maria Saporta

Three years, three summits.

On Monday, Atlanta will hold the third annual global health summit — this year focusing on: “Health in Africa: the Unfinished Agenda.”

For the third year in a row, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) will be a keynote speaker at the summit — which will bring together many of the global health partners in philanthropy, government and business to focus on issues where mainly Atlanta-based organizations can work together to address some of the world’s most pressing problems.

Wayne Lord

Wayne Lord

“Each year I think they’ve gotten stronger and stronger as more people inside and outside of Atlanta hear about it,” said Helene Gayle, president and CEO of Atlanta-based CARE. “For me it’s been really gratifying to see how it’s brought different sectors in Atlanta together.”

Wayne Lord, president of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta at Georgia State University, said there now are 20 sponsoring organizations that are involved in helping put together the 2014 summit.

Lord has been an inspirational champion behind the summits, but this will be his last one as a coordinator because he is retiring from his day-to-day role at the World Affairs Council.

Still, Lord is convinced that the partnerships that have been formed in Atlanta will continue to solidify.

Gayle agreed that there is momentum.

Helene Gayle

Helene Gayle

“We’ve had consistent support from companies like Coca-Cola and UPS,” she said. “GE has gotten involved this year. Part of the real value is that we’re not just getting the usual players, but we’re bringing other universities and members of the business community.”

This year’s focus on Africa was a natural choice. Georgia Tech and several other organizations, are participating in a yearlong Africa Atlanta cultural, business and educational exchange.

And the health needs that exist in Africa makes it a logical area of focus, Gayle said.

“Often times, people living in African countries have been at the bottom rung,” she said. “We thought there was a great opportunity to look at all the accomplishments and incredible progress that’s occurred. But also look at how health also is wrapped up in broader social and political issues. We will have strong and engaged discussions with many of the players in the room.”

Gayle added that a lot of the work that CARE does is to try to “achieve health equity in African by building new alliances and meeting new partners.”

The “sold out” Atlanta Summit is being held at the Westin Buckhead Atlanta hotel on Monday, May 19           .

3rd Annual Summit: Health in Africa: The Unfinished Agenda

7:30AM Registration & Refreshments

8:30AM Welcoming Remarks:
Wayne Lord, PhD, President, World Affairs Council of Atlanta

J. Stephen Morrison, PhD, Senior Vice President, Global Health Policy Center, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

8:50AM Opening Address: American Strategic Interests in Africa’s Health United States Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA)

Introduced by Christopher Carr, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Economic Development

9:15AM Framing the Issues: Africa’s Unfinished Health Agenda
Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH, Director, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

Introduced by Helene D. Gayle, MD, MPH, President & Chief Executive Officer, CARE USA

9:45AM Greatest Opportunities for Future Progress Moderated by J. Stephen Morrison, PhD, CSIS

Robert Breiman, MD, Director, Emory Global Health Institute
Dana Hovig,Director of Integrated Delivery, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Debrework Zewdie, PhD, Senior Advisor, Office of the President’s Special Envoy, The World Bank

11:00AM Policy Framework for Health in Africa

Moderated by Helene D. Gayle, MD, MPH, CARE USA
Ambassador Charles Stith, Director, African Presidential Archives and Research Center, Boston University
Abdullahi A. An-Na’im, PhD, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law & Director, Center for International and Comparative Law, Emory University
Richard Downie,Deputy Director and Fellow, Africa Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

12:15PM Lunch & Keynote Address – Africa’ in GE’s Global Strategy John G. Rice, Vice Chairman of GE

Introduced by Jim Barber, President, UPS International

1:45PM Partnerships for Sustainability in Africa
Moderated by Beatriz Perez, Chief Sustainability Officer, The Coca-Cola Company

Scott Angle, PhD, Dean, School of Agricultural and Environmental Science,
University of Georgia
Nuradin Osman,Managing Director for Africa and the Middle East, AGCO Corporation

3:00PM Response and Comments
The Right Honorable Raila Odinga, Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Kenya In Conversation with Helene D. Gayle, MD, MPH, CARE USA

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.

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