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#COVIDPartnerships in the International Year of the Health and Care Worker: Protect. Invest. Together.

Join us as we reflect on what has been achieved by the Health Partnership community over the last year, and look to the future, recognising the immense pressure that continues to fall on health workers in every country, the deeply worrying increases in infection rates and the slow pace of vaccination campaigns in sub-Saharan Africa.

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9.00 – 9.45 | Welcome and Opening

Ben Simms – THET
Welcome and Opening Remarks

Judy Khanyola – University of Global Health Equity, Rwanda
The challenge facing Sub-Saharan Africa

Dr Shams Syed – WHO
The global response we need

Dr Saleya Ahsan – NHS Emergency Medicine Doctor and Filmmaker
Personal perspective

Dr Bernhard Braune – Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany
National commitment

9.45 – 10.00 | Break | Head to Pulse!

10.00 – 11.00 | Breakout sessions


Amanda Banda – Health Workers for All Coalition

Tom Buis – Wemos

Led by Wemos/the Health Workers for All Coalition, this session will provide participants with the opportunity to learn how they can contribute to health advocacy in the context of COVID-19, with a focus on vaccine equity, intellectual property, sharing experience across borders, and financing for health systems. You will leave this session with a sense of confidence and an understanding of how you can make a difference.


Dörte Petit – ESTHER Switzerland

Fiona Rees – Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

Mbao Chitundu – University Teaching Hopsital, Lusaka, Zambia

Droti Alfred & Opiyo Nicholas – Gulu Regional Referral Hospital, Uganda

Dr Anita Sugavanam – Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

What has the pandemic taught us about the state of health and wellbeing globally? This session will lay the foundations for a collective view on how to strenghten health systems for the future and build back better.


Dr Méabh Ni Bhuinneáin – Mayo University Hospital, Ireland

Melissa Kleine-Bingham – Twinning
Partnership for Improvement between Macau SAR Health Bureau and Timor-Leste Cabinet of Quality Assurance in Health

Tafese Beyene Tufa – University Hospital of Heinrich

Dr Trish Scanlan – Muhimbili National Hospital, Tanzania

In this session we will hear how Health Partnerships have responded to the pandemic over the past year through innovation and technology, shifts in power dynamics, and adaptations in partnership and project priorities.


Judy Khanyola – University of Global Health Equity, Rwanda

Anne Mason – NHS Highland

This session will provide space for respectful and confidential reflection on the experiences of health workers over the past year. We will explore the role compassion can play in the lives of individuals.

11.00 – 11.15 | Break | Head to Pulse!

11.15 – 11.45 | Roundtable discussion

Dr Margaret Fitzgerald – HSE

Amanda Banda – Health Workers for All Coalition

Greg Harrison – Gulu Sheffield Mental Health Partnership

Dr Yoseph Mamo – THET Ethiopia

Reflections on themes and insights raised in the first breakout sessions.

12.00 – 13.00 | Breakout sessions


Howard Catton – International Council of Nurses

Professor Francis Omaswa – ACHEST

Charlotte Ashton – THET

This session will look more closely at the role individual health workers can play in advocating for change and including the challenge of overcoming ‘anti-science’ positions in communities and nations, whether these be expressed through stigma or national policy.


Kirstin Grosse Frie – GIZ

Gracia Andriamiadana – Madagascar

Chris Carter – Birmingham City University

Priscar Mukonka – Lusaka College of Nursing & Midwifery, Zambia

Dr Caroline Benski – Geneva University Hospital

This session will highlight how Health Partnerships are looking beyond COVID-19 to lay the foundations for health and wellbeing underpinned by resilient health systems.


Claudia Aguirre – ESTHER Alliance

Dr Joe Gallagher – GP, Ireland

Prof Anthea Rhoda – UWC

Ghazanfar Khan – WHO

In this session we will hear how Health Partnerships plan to respond to the pandemic in the period to come.


Dorcas Gwata – Global Health Consultant

Karen Frame – THET Clinical Advisor

Nick Pahl – Society of Occupational Medicine

Dr David Okello – ACHEST

Professor Marion Lynch – THET

Building on the conversations in the first part of the day, this session will examine psychological health and well-being from a personal, organisational and societal perspective and create recommendations to help us build a compassionate culture to support psychological well-being.

13.00 – 13.15 | Break | Head to Pulse!

13.15 – 13.45 | Roundtable discussion

Dr Omeima Sali – Ahfad University for Women, Sudan

Prof Marion Lynch – THET

Dr Wilson Mbewe – Kanyama Level 2 Hospital

Samuel Knaus – Madagascar Partnership

Reflections on themes and insights raised in the second breakout sessions and next steps.

13.45 – 13.50 | Pause

13.50 – 14.10 | Final roundtable discussion

Dr Shams Syed – WHO

Sarah Cavanagh – Commonwealth Pharmacists Association 

Dr David Weakliam – HSE

Eunice Sinyemu – THET Zambia

Reflections on what has been achieved
during the conference and what the next steps should look like.

14.10 – 14.30 | Concluding remarks

Professor Francis Omaswa – ACHEST

Claudia Aguirre – ESTHER Alliance

Reflections on the conference and months to come

Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on what has been achieved by the Health Partnership community since our Partnerships in a time of COVID conference last April.

As with the previous conference, we are organising this with the support of our friends at WHO.

To register your interest in this event, please fill in this short form.