FP Event: Investing in African Health Security
What will it take to expand local manufacturing and strengthen health systems infrastructure across Africa?
The COVID-19 pandemic laid bare what stakeholders across Africa have long known: Severe shortages in lifesaving medical products result from relying on the Global North and Asia as the primary suppliers. The lack of local manufacturing capacity has been a driver of extreme global disparities in access to lifesaving COVID-19 vaccines, diagnostics, drugs, and devices. Over two years into the global pandemic, it has become increasingly clear that strengthening health security across Africa, and the world, will require long-term investments to fortify the manufacturing ecosystem.
Against the backdrop of the pandemic and on the occasion of the 77th Session of the U.N. General Assembly, Foreign Policy, in partnership with PATH, will explore the investments, partnerships, and models that can inform a strategy for fostering a sustainable African manufacturing industry and distribution networks across the continent. The event will include leaders from the public and private sectors, international organizations, and civil society who will pinpoint key challenges and illuminate how varying stakeholders can work together to address chronic inequities and strengthen regional health security in Africa. This event will be held in person in New York.