The 15th Session of the Network of African Parliamentary Committees of Health (NEAPACOH) held in Maseru started yesterday, on February 27th 2024. Several experts from various institutions will be present, but Afidep Senior communications officer Henry Neondo particularly points readers to three interesting experts that one may wish not to miss an opportunity to hear speak on matters related to the topics that will be covered at the conference.

Among the many health experts present, the following are included; 

  1.  Dr Eliya Zulu: Eliya is the Executive Director and founder of the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) whose mission is to inform African public policy and planning with research evidence. Eliya has over 20 years of experience in developing and managing research, cap acity building, and policy engagement programmes on various issues, including population change and sustainable development, family planning, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, child and maternal health, and policy analysis concerning Africa. He has been a Principal Investigator and participated in several international implementation research programmes. Dr Eliya will be speaking at the opening sessions
  2.  Dr Rose Oronje: Rose is a development policy and communications specialist with over 15 years of experience in designing and implementing public policy and governance research, knowledge translation, communication and evidence uptake interventions, and capacity development for enabling evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) in development efforts in Africa. With a strong background in science communication and policy analysis, Rose has extensive experience in conducting analyses of policies and policy environments and translating and communicating research to policymakers and other general audiences (including the mass media). Dr Rose will be a keynote speaker at the opening session
  3. Clive Mutunga:  Mutunga is the Project Director of the USAID-funded BUILD project at the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP), where he provides strategic direction and oversight to ensure the global cross-sectoral project delivers technically sound and high-quality results efficiently, promptly and cost-effectively. Before joining AFIDEP.  Clive was the Senior Population, Environment and Development (PED) Technical Advisor at USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health (PRH) in Washington DC, where he served as technical leader in the elevation and advancement of the linkages between population, the environment and development.

Mr Mutunga will be a panellist and moderator in some key sessions.