First speaker on Wednesday’s Africa Health webinar*:  COVID-19, pandemic diseases, climate change and health equity: How to ensure to build resilient healthcare systems ready to face the realities tomorrow, will be Dr. Djoudalbaye Benjamin, Head of the Policy, Health Diplomacy and Communication Division at the African Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.

The webinar will take place from 12h00 GMT on Wednesday, 16 February (registration details below)

Dr Djoudalbaye, who will speak on “What has COVID taught us and brought to light”, was appointed in May 2020 as the Executive Secretary of the African Union’s COVID-19 Response Fund. Prior to that, he served for more than 8 years as the Senior Health Officer in charge of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other infectious diseases at the African Union Commission.

Dr. Djoudalbaye served as the African Union Head of Mission for Ebola Outbreak Support in the Democratic Republic of Congo from May 2017 to October 2018. He also served as Head of Mission for the African Union Ebola Support Mission in West Africa (ASEOWA) and then Head of Mission in 2014-2015 for Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

He has solid professional experience in strategic planning, administration, management and evaluation of public health policies and programs, capacity building and operations research in Africa. He also has a good knowledge of coordination mechanisms, including multidisciplinary and multisectoral teams, partnership development, negotiation skills, advocacy and resource mobilization, multilateral and bilateral cooperation as well as with the public and private sectors and civil society.

He is specialized in Infectious Diseases (Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University), HIV/AIDS and Sexual Reproductive Health (Denis Diderot Paris 7 University), and Epidemiology & Biostatistics (Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University). He also holds a Master’s degree in Population Studies and Public Health from the University of Ouagadougou in collaboration with the University of Montreal.

Dr. Djoudalbaye is the author and co-author of several scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals and has published a book on psychiatry.

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