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Power Africa Hosted Boardroom

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13:00-14:30 UTC / 14:00-15:30 BST / 09:00-10:30 EDT    
Tuesday 25 May 2021


According to the WHO, there are 152,443 healthcare facilities across sub-Saharan Africa. Of these, approximately 100,000 lack access to reliable, affordable electricity. As a result, 50% of freeze-dried vaccines are damaged due to a break in the cold chain, mothers bring candles to clinics when giving birth at night, and oxygen cannot be produced for those suffering from the acute effect of COVID-19. 

USAID/Power Africa is exploring opportunities to partner, invest and attract private capital investment in health facility electrification to support short- and long-term response efforts in collaboration with private sector partners. Possible public/private alliance options can include companies, non-governmental organizations, foundations, governments, and other relevant parties committed to promoting health facility modernization (electricity, telecommunications, and water) across SSA.  USAID/Power Africa publically issued an RFI regarding Healthcare Facility Electrification which closes on May 17. See here for related information and documents.

This boardroom-style discussion (under Chatham House Rules) is designed to capitalize on market insights from Power Africa’s recent Health Facility Electrification (HFE) while engaging key experts, stakeholders and interested parties on the best way ahead. The boardroom style is designed to be interactive, with audience participation encouraged, so come prepared to share your experiences and case studies to enrich the conversation.


-    Loren Stoddard, Senior Advisor to the Coordinator, Power Africa

Confirmed speakers to date: 

-    Ralph Ankri, Senior Project Manager Business Development (B2B.B2G), Orange MEA
-    Bineta Mbacke, Senior Manager Strategic Innovation & New Investors, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance
-    Andrew MacCalla, Vice President, Emergency Response and New Initiatives, Direct Relief
-    Scott Dubin, Specialist, Supply Chain - Private Sector Engagement, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
-    Dr. Abdullahi Bulama Garba, Nigerian Primary Healthcare Development Agency

Participants will include DFIs, financial investors, utility scale energy project developers, off-grid project developers and ICT companies to provide participants with an all-rounded productive discussion across the full value chain.