Many nations within Africa continue to have among the lowest vaccination rates in the world. Despite improvements in healthcare infrastructure both before and after the outbreak of COVID-19, significant work remains to prevent a variety of infectious diseases throughout the continent. What is the state of Africa’s infectious disease prevention and how can Minnesota help alleviate this significant problem in global health equity? Hear from a panel of global health experts from countries such as Uganda, Morocco, Nigeria, Togo, and Côte d’Ivoire.

The discussion was moderated by Dr. Nneka Sederstrom, Chief Health Equity Officer for Hennepin Healthcare.


Dr. Richard Mugahi, Assistant Commissioner of Reproductive Health, Adolescent and School Health, Ministry of Health (Uganda)
Dr. Kenza Benckekroun, Supervisory Pharmacist, Pasteur Institute Morocco
Dr. Patricia Uche Oguzie, Doctoral Fellow, African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases, Redeemer’s University (Nigeria)
Mr.  Abalo Limazie, HIV Regional Advisor, Togo’s National HIV/AIDS Council (Togo)
Dr. Sopi Mathilde Tetchi, Department Head, Government of Côte d’Ivoire’s Rabies Center

Panelists visited Minnesota as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program, which is the U.S. State Department’s premier professional exchange program.

This video was recorded live at Global Minnesota’s first hybrid event during the Covid-19 pandemic. It does not represent the technical quality of the rest of our programming, but has been posted due to the relevance of the content.