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With increasing numbers of positive COVID-19 cases still rising daily in several African countries, while others are addressing the challenges of safely opening their economies after a lockdown, the difficulty of the economic consequences of the pandemic is felt in all countries. This economic impact, in some countries, has been worse than the immediate consequences of the pandemic and may have a lasting impact on the health sector. Thus, it is important to note that, while dealing with changing hospital admission and exposure rates, many healthcare providers are faced with the economic reality of treating or admitting COVID-19 cases. This is often with limited access to testing, yet having to address other critical health issues such as malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDs,
and increasing non communicable diseases such as diabetes and its complication, hypertension and its complications, cancers.

People to People, Inc. (P2P) and Anadach Group hereby invite you to participate in the seventh session of our webinar series “Breaking the vicious cycle between the COVID-19 pandemic and other health issues, and the negative impact on the economy”, drawing from countries earlier affected in the pandemic than most African countries. The goal of these webinars is to share clinical and management experience, and create a platform for healthcare professionals to interact on clinical management and related matters across several areas.

The clinical spectrum of COVID-19 varies from asymptomatic or pauci-symptomatic forms, to clinical conditions characterized by respiratory failure, which may necessitate mechanical ventilation and support in an ICU, to multi-organ and systemic manifestations in terms of sepsis, septic shock, and multiple organ dysfunction syndromes (MODS). In response to COVID-19, countries around the world have put in place a range of public health and social measures, which are actions by individuals, institutions, communities, local and national governments, and
international bodies, to suppress or stop community spread of COVID-19.

The effective response to the pandemic which included social distancing measures in many countries resulted in significant economic slowdowns affecting all parts of the economy including agriculture, financial services, education etc. This was also exacerbated by the synchronized economic decline across the world affecting trading partners, and collapsed demand for commodities, services and products. According to the World Bank, “the pandemic puts at risk the decade's progress in building human capital, including the improvements in health, survival rates, school enrollment, and reduced stunting.” However, this decline in human capital could also significantly interrupt the “African Rising” story of the 21st century.

This webinar will discuss practical measures on reducing the negative economic impact on the health of Africans, and the importance of reducing any further negative impacts on health status and health delivery systems.

Please register to participate. And do share with relevant colleagues. Thank you.

Our series of webinars cover issues of interest to physicians, nurses, other healthcare workers and management involved in directly managing COVID-19 cases in their respective countries. Most of the specialists practicing outside Africa also have experience in medical practice in at least one African country. Recording of previous webinars and presentations are available at:



  • Dr. Babatunde Omilola - Public Health, Security and Nutrition Division of the African Development Bank (AfDB).

  • Mr. Gyude Moore, Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development, and Former Minister of Public Work of Liberia

  • Professor Mammo Muchie, DST/NRF Research Professor on Science, Technology and Innovation for Development at Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa

  • Professor Lemma W. Senbet - William E. Mayer Chair Professor of Finance at the Smith School of the University of Maryland, College Park; Director of the Center for Financial Policy.

  • Dr. Feseha Woldu, Vice President for Population Programs and Community Affairs, MedStar Health, Washington DC (Moderator)


Dr. Yele Aluko


Dr. Yele Aluko is the Chief Medical Officer for EY Americas Advisory Health Sector. He is a proven MD/MBA physician executive and corporate leader. Also, he advises health system C-suite executives on strategies that position the business for operational efficiency, successful financial performance and enterprise growth, driven by transformational leadership and the delivery of stakeholder value.

Prior to joining EY in October 2016, Dr. Aluko practiced interventional cardiology for 25 years in clinical and administrative leadership roles. He trained at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, and he did cardiology fellowships at Cornell University Medical Center and the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. He obtained his MBA from Wake Forest University School of Business.

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Dr. Babatunde Omilola


Dr. Babatunde Omilola is currently leading the Public Health, Security and Nutrition Division of the African Development Bank (AfDB).

A development economist and international development expert, he previously served as Head of Development Planning and Inclusive Sustainable Growth at UNDP in New York, where he led a team of professionals on development planning, social protection, poverty, inequality, development finance, inclusive growth and the SDGs. He was UNDP’s Regional Practice Leader for poverty reduction and the achievement of the MDGs for the 23 Eastern and Southern African countries and UNDP’s Chief Economist and Head of Policy and Strategy in South Africa.

Dr. Omilola was Africa-wide Coordinator and Program Leader of the Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington D.C. He handled the relationship of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) with the African Union Commission (AU) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He was also a research fellow on a collaborative Anti-poverty Programme between the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), AfDB, FAO and the World Bank.

Dr. Omilola has received a number of awards for his work in development. In 2014, he was selected as a Fellow of Comparative Research Programme for preventing and eradicating poverty. He holds an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. in International Development and Development Economics respectively from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, United Kingdom. He won the prestigious Ford Foundation International Fellowship in 2001 and the Graduate Research Fellowship of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada in 2004.


Professor Lemma Senbet


Lemma W. Senbet is the William E. Mayer Chair Professor of Finance at the Smith School of the University of Maryland, College Park and Director of the Center for Financial Policy. He is also the incoming Executive Director of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC). He has been an influential member of the global community of finance scholars for over 30 years. His chief research interests are in the areas of corporate finance, international finance, agency, and financial contracting. He has advised the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations, African Economic Research Consortium, and other international institutions on issues of financial sector reform and capital market development. He also served as an independent director for The Fortis Funds and currently is an independent director for The Hartford Funds.

Professor Senbet has received numerous professional honors and recognitions for his impact on the finance profession. He has been elected (twice) director of the American Finance Association and is a past president of the Western Finance Association. He has served on more than a dozen journal editorial boards, including extended tenures with the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and Financial Management. In 1999, he was named executive editor of Financial Management. In 2006, he was named Editor (Finance Area) for Journal of
International Business Studies.


Dr. Amit Thakker


A visionary entrepreneur & an industry captain, Dr. Amit N. Thakker, has been a groundbreaking pioneer in the integration of private sector within the health system in Africa.

He is the Executive Chairman of Africa Health Business, President of Africa Healthcare Federation, Chairman of the Kenya Healthcare Federation and currently serves as a Director with AMREF Flying Doctors (Kenya), LumiraDx & Ghanima Limited. Amit is an active member of several institutions including international business group YPO Gold at the Nairobi Chapter, Chairs the University of Nairobi Alumni Medical Chapter, & sits as an advisor to Eastern Africa Association as well as to Asia Africa Investing & Consulting ltd

Dr. Thakker founded Avenue Healthcare, a Kenyan based integrated private health service provider in 1995 which led him to receive the “Best Male Entrepreneur of the year” award by Rotary International in 1999. He also won the “Best CEO” award by Titans Global in the Business & Professional Services category in 2017 & proudly received the Chairman’s Award by Kenya Medical Association in 2004.

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Mr. W. Gyude Moore


W. Gyude Moore is a senior policy fellow at the Center for Global Development. He
previously served as Liberia’s Minister of Public Works with oversight over the construction and maintenance of public infrastructure from December 2014 to January 2018.

Prior to that role, Moore served as Deputy Chief of Staff to President Ellen Johnson-
Sirleaf and Head of the President’s Delivery Unit (PDU). As Head of the PDU, his team
monitored progress and drove delivery of the Public Sector Investment Program of
Liberia—a program of over $1 billion in road, power, port infrastructure, and social
programs in Liberia after the civil war. As one of the President’s trusted advisors, he
also played a crucial role in supporting President Sirleaf as Liberia responded to the
West Africa Ebola outbreak and shaped its post-Ebola outlook


At CGD, Moore’s research focus is around financing infrastructure in Africa and the
changing landscape of development finance on the continent.  His research tracks the channels of private sources of finance, the rise of China and its expanding role in Africa, and Africa’s response to these changes. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors of the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program at Georgetown University. He holds a BS in Political Science from Berea College and an MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

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Dr. Feseha Woldu


Feseha Woldu, MSc, Ph.D, appointed by three Mayors to serve as Senior Deputy Director, for Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA), in the District of Columbia Department of Health. Dr. Woldu is a seasoned public health administrator, with more than 13 years’ of experience working with various health professionals, health care facilities, clinicians, community-based organizations, and consumer groups. He brings a global perspective to his position and a commitment to use the latest technology and improved license processing and regulatory oversight systems at HRLA, to protect the health and safety of the District’s citizens and visitors. Dr. Woldu provides oversight and direction for the Department of Health, Health
Regulation and Licensing Administration, that delivers competent, transparent, effective and efficient services as HRLA provides licensure and regulatory oversight for health care professionals, health care facilities, food establishments, pharmacies and pharmaceutical services, radiation emitting devises, animal disease control and prevention, and rodent control.

His special areas of interest include Adverse Event reporting, and the SafeRx and AccessRx programs in District of Columbia. As the Senior Deputy Director, Dr. Woldu works to create a licensing and regulatory system able to contribute to the quality of care in the District, to ensure that qualified health care professionals practice in accordance with best practices throughout the District’s health care facilities.
Dr. Woldu received his Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry from Howard University, master’s degree in Physical Chemistry from American University, and completed the Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is commissioned as an officer of the Department of Health and Human Services under authority conferred by section 702(a) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, to conduct specifically authorized activities in designated program area in the District of Columbia.




Anadach Group LLC is a healthcare strategic consulting firm focusing on providing innovative advice and services to clients and partners interested in transforming healthcare systems in emerging markets and developing economies. Our mission is to dramatically improve access to quality healthcare services and products in emerging countries by enhancing the solutions to major challenges facing healthcare.


People to People (P2P) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care and reducing the spread of diseases, particularly in Ethiopia and in diaspora communities. P2P works to mobilize the global Ethiopian diaspora to play an active role in mitigating the impact of brain drain and to ignite a passion for realizing our shared responsibility to give back. Equipped with innovative ideas, valuable transnational networks, knowledge & expertise, strong values, and new technological skills, our network stands ready to take on many of the challenges facing communities and institutions in Ethiopia and elsewhere. There are currently more than 5,000 P2P members worldwide, including doctors and other professionals who strive to make a difference in the lives of others.  P2P also holds consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNESCO).

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