As at September 2021, 4% of Africa’s population has been fully vaccinated, compared with 54% of the US and about 65% of the UK. Additionally, while most Western nations are expected to achieve widespread COVID-19 vaccine coverage by the end of 2021, studies estimate that Africa will achieve the same feat in 2023 or beyond, at best.
Low vaccination rates in Africa can be explained by a myriad of reasons – lack of a sustainable supply of vaccines, weak healthcare systems, funding limitations, lack of widespread availability of cold chain storage and distribution systems, and low political will. However, there is another big reason why vaccination rates are so low – vaccine hesitancy is high.
In light of the above, Anadach Group and RDAssociates Africa hereby invite you to participate in our three-part webinar series which will touch on several relevant topics including the prevalence of misinformation and disinformation around COVID-19 in Africa and how many myths originated from regions that have gone ahead to chase herd immunity against COVID-19 for its populations, as well as the role of healthcare workers, community leaders, religious leaders and the media in addressing and combating Vaccine Hesitancy.
Part 1 of this webinar series is ‘COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in Africa – Reimagining the role of healthcare workers’ and will take place on Thursday, 28th October, 2021 at 2 pm WAT. The focus of this introductory session will be viewing the issues at hand through the lens of healthcare workers in both the public and private sector, including those within the NGO and not-for-profit space.
Subsequent webinars will focus on other relevant key stakeholders and will hold on the 4th and 18th of November, 2021, also at 2 pm WAT.
Please register to participate in Part 1 of this webinar series. Kindly also share this registration link with relevant friends and colleagues. Thank you.
Recording of this series webinars and presentations are available at:
Dr. Ayantu Tesfaye
Ayantu Tesfaye is a senior associate of RDA Africa, and a physician at Nordic Hospital, a Norwegian hospital operated by highly experienced Ethiopian and international medical professionals. She is an associate professor at St Paul Hospital Millennium Medical College, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she received her medical degree in 2013. She completed her Internal medicine residency at St Paul in 2020, and obtained a Master’s in Public Health from Jimma University that same year. She was noted for leading with excellence several departments in the hospitals she served and for mentoring over 20 health professionals. Prior to her current position at Nordic, Dr. Ayantu worked as a general practitioner at Menillik II Hospital and Ambo Hospital in Oromia Region in Ethiopia. Dr. Ayantu established hemodialysis center at Minillik II Hospital to serve low-income patients. Dr. Ayantu is fluent in Amharic, Afan Oromo and English. She is a member of the Ethiopian Medical Association, Ethiopian Heart Association and Ethiopian Blood Bank.
Dr. Godfrey Sikipa
Dr. Sikipa is a physician with a post-graduate qualification in Maternal and Child Health (MCH). He worked at various levels of the Zimbabwean health system from junior hospital clinician rising through the ranks at District, Province and National levels ending as Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Health. Godfrey is the Founder and currently Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Senior Technical Advisor of Compre Health Services, a private health consulting and service delivery company registered in Zimbabwe and based in Harare. He is the immediate past chairman of the Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals Management Board. Recently he was appointed as a board member of Island Hospice and Healthcare, established in 1979 as the first hospice in Africa.
In addition, as a Member of the Presidential Advisory Council to the President of Zimbabwe , he has participated in development of High Level Advisories to the President on various health issues including the COVID 19. He is a Current member of the Technical Evaluation Reference Group (TERG) of the Governing Board of the Geneva-based Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. In addition, he has wide global experience, having worked in various senior-level leadership and management positions leading multinational, multicultural teams in both developed and developing countries.
Dr. Iyabo Obasanjo
Dr. Iyabo Obasanjo is an Assistant Professor in the department of Kinesiology & Health Sciences at The College of William & Mary, USA. She has a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and a master's in preventive veterinary medicine from University of California at Davis. She also has a Ph.D. in epidemiology from Cornell University, USA. In 2003, she was appointed Commissioner for Health in Ogun State of Nigeria and in 2007 she was elected to the Nigerian Senate in 2007, where she was the chair of the health committee. In 2011, she became an advanced leadership fellow at Harvard University and since then has done significant work exploring issues of governance, leadership and public health.
Dr. Panagis Galiatsatos
Dr. Panagis Galiatsatos is an Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He is co-chair of the Johns Hopkins Health Equity Steering Committee and is the co-director and co-founder of Medicine for the Greater Good, a novel medical initiative impacting over 10,000 Baltimore City lives in regards to health and wellness while at the same time creating physician-citizens. He has published over 60 research articles, with a focus on health equity, community engagement, and contextual-level variables impact on health outcomes, and is a co-author of the book series, "Building Health Communities". During the pandemic, Dr. Galiatsatos and colleagues coordinate community engagement to assure all populations were able to access COVID-19 updates and resources in an effort to assure compliance with public health requests. His clinical responsibilities center on critical care services in adult populations, Director of the Tobacco Treatment Clinic at Johns Hopkins Medicine, Associate Director of The Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia Center of Clinical Excellence, and Physician in The Obstructive Lung Disease Group at Johns Hopkins Medicine and in the post-COVID-19 acute clinic.
Dr. Kechi Achebe
Dr. Kechi Achebe is an experienced public health physician, scientist, and researcher, with more than 20 years of technical, programmatic, and leadership experience in public health and clinical medicine. A recognized global expert in the area of global health--especially HIV, tuberculosis and related diseases, she has worked and led the design and delivery of public health programs globally.
Dr. Achebe is the Director of the Office of Global Health and HIV (OGHH). In this role, she serves as PEPFAR Deputy Principal, representing Peace Corps to the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy at State Department (S/GAC). Prior to joining OGHH, Dr. Kechi was most recently the managing partner of the International Development and Relief Consulting Group (IDR Consulting Group). Prior to that, she served as the Senior Director for HIV/AIDS and TB programs at Save the Children USA, and previously, was the Director of the office of Health and HIV/AIDS (OHHA) at Africare, all based in Washington DC. Dr Achebe also served as member and advisor to the UNITAID civil society board. Her extensive work experience covers Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the USA. She has also served as the principal investigator on many CDC/NIH and PEPFAR funded projects, and has published white papers, technical support documents, and peer-reviewed publications.
Dr. Achebe holds a medical degree (MD) from the University of Benin in Nigeria, and a master's degree in public health (MPH) from Boston University. She also obtained a fellowship in Infectious Disease Epidemiology from Boston University School of Medicine and Public Health.
Ms Rebkha Atnafou, MPH
Rebkha is the Founder and CEO of RnD Associates/RDAssociates Africa. Also the Director, Bunting Neighborhood Leadership Program, and an affiliated Faculty Member of Bloomberg American Health Initiative, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Rebkha is also a Research Associate at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
In 2019, Rebkha established RnD Associates/Global and promote public health, youth development, and leadership development in the northeast region of the U.S. In 2021, she launched RDAssociates Africa in Ethiopia and Kenya to build human capacity in healthcare and pharma, engineering and manufacturing, and hospitality and tourism and integrating youth engagement, women empowerment and digital transformation across these sectors
Anadach Group (www.anadach.com) is a healthcare strategic firm, which was founded in 2009 to provide innovative advice and services to clients and partners interested in transforming healthcare systems in emerging markets. Spanning over 25 countries, we have collaborated with governments, development finance institutions, multinational health organizations, donors and private sector companies including multinational companies to strengthen health systems to improve access to health services and products, and help solve some of the world’s biggest health challenges.
RDAssociates Africa (https://rnd.associates/), an affiliate of RnD Associates in the US, was recently established in Ethiopia and Kenya to build human capacity in Healthcare, Wellness and Pharma, Engineering and Manufacturing and Hospitality and Tourism whilst integrating youth engagement, women empowerment and digital transformation across these three sectors. Our globally trained managing partners, senior associates and consultants have a common vision to help CONNECT, STRENGTHEN and LEAD with carefully crafted trainings and support focused on human capacity development (HCD) and organizational development in Africa. At RDA Africa, we bring a world of experience to you.