12:30—2:00 PM EST | 5.30-7 PM BST

Setting Priorities and Optimizing Resources in Africa: The New Public Health Order

Opening remarks

Dr Raji Tajudeen, Acting Director General, Africa CDC on behalf of H.E Dr. Jean Kaseya, Director General, Africa CDC

Dr. Abdou Salam Gueye, Regional Emergency Director, African Region, WHO on behalf of Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, Regional Director for Africa, WHO

Ella Carpenter, Deputy Head of Global Health Institutions Department, UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)


Dr. Justice Nonvignon, Head of Health Economics and Financing Programme, Africa CDC

Dr. Tessa Tan-Torres Edejer, Coordinator, Unit on Costs, Effectiveness, Expenditure and Priority Setting, Department of Health Financing and Governance (HGF), WHO

Dr. Pete Baker, Deputy Director, Global Health Policy Program and Policy Fellow, CGD

Dr. Mieraf Taddesse Tolla, Principal Health Economist, Health Economics and Financing Programme, Africa CDC


Dr. Javier Guzman, Director, Global Health Policy Program and Senior Policy Fellow, CGD

Closing remarks 

Member States, Africa CDC

This is a high-level World Health Assembly side event. It is hosted by Africa CDC, and co-hosted with CGD, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, and the Agence Française de Développement.

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With the post-COVID fiscal crisis restricting health budgets around the world, governments must make difficult decisions of what health services and products are provided, to whom, and at what price. These choices must be evidence-based, transparent, and then implemented. If they are not, resources are likely to be wasted and lives lost.

At the 2014 World Health Assembly, countries came together to pass the historic resolution 67.23, calling for all countries to develop a systematic, evidence-informed approach to setting health priorities. The international Decision Support Initiative (iDSI) was then launched to support countries to build priority-setting institutions. Since its establishment in 2020, Africa CDC Health Economics and Financing Programme, a partner of iDSI, has undertaken activities to promote uptake of EIPS on the African continent.

This high-level panel session will bring together Honourable Ministers of Health and Finance, thought leaders, and members of iDSI to discuss progress on resource optimisation and priority-setting for health in Africa since WHA 2014. This event will highlight how a new regional initiative led by Africa CDC is supporting Member States to improve decision-making in health and identify opportunities for donors and partners to get behind a new Africa-led agenda for better priority-setting in health.

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