U.S.-Africa Business Summit

June 16, 2017 - 9:00am - 10:15am
Washington, DC

Health Panel: Impact of Health Security on Business in Africa

Health is inextricably linked to economic development – at the global, national and business levels. Yet, weak health infrastructures remain one of the most significant barriers to facilitating more equitable, higher- quality health services and products in Africa. Many African countries spend less than 10% of their GDP on health care, while grappling with the competing challenges including infectious diseases, NCDs and health security.

The panel will discuss private-sector solutions to support health systems strengthening that enables greater access to healthcare. It will also examine ways in which private companies who do business in Africa protect the health of their workforce and the communities in which they work.


  • Dr. David Barash, Chief Medical Officer & Executive Director, Global Health, GE Foundation


  • Deena Buford, Global Medical Director of the Medicine and Occupational Health Dpt, ExxonMobil
  • Rebecca Martin, Director, Center for Global Health, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Dr. Douglas Keene, Vice President Pharmaceutical Management and Health Technologies Group, Management Sciences for Health (MSH)
  • Mr. Jirair Ratevosian, Director, Government Affairs, Africa , Gilead Sciences Inc.