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Integrating the Digital and the Personal for Universal Health Coverage

A half-day virtual event, hosted by mothers2mothers (m2m) on Wednesday, 10th November 2021.

Supported by a “Shapers Council” of senior representatives from m2m, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, BRAC, Johnson & Johnson, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and United States Agency for International Development (USAID), we are convening a group of leading thinkers to share experiences around the role of technology in health service delivery, with a particular focus on how to blend digital services with in-person efforts for the best possible outcomes for clients and health workers alike.  

The event will be held virtually via Zoom. Click on the link below to register.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with full joining instructions.

Event Programme


(All in SAST, GMT  +2) 

14:00 – 14:25 Opening Plenary

  • Frank Beadle de Palomo, President and CEO, mothers2mothers
  • Dr Renata Tallarico, Youth Team Lead and SYP Regional Coordinator, UNFPA East and Southern Africa
  • Wilbroda Awuor Akuro, Community Mentor Mother Team Leader, mothers2mothers, Kenya
14:25 – 15:30 Lightning presentations:
Service delivery models for the future to accelerate progress towards universal health coverage. 


  • Hon. Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, Minister of Health, Uganda
  • Upile Kachile, Senior Program Manager & Solutions Owner, Health Centre by Phone, VillageReach
  • Rich Bryson, Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer, reach52 
  • Marjorie Mbule, Senior Programme Lead, mothers2mothers
15:30 – 16:30 Plenary Session:
Centring the Health Worker – Digital health and health workers: Balancing patient and health worker needs.


  • Dr. William Mapham, Founder & CEO, Vula Mobile
  • Dr. Wendy Leonard, Executive Director, TIP Global Health
  • Kira-Leigh Kuhnert, South Africa Program Manager, Stanford University’s Digital MEdIC
  • Charles Prober, MD, Founding Executive Director, Stanford Center for Health Education, and Senior Associate Vice Provost for Health Education, Stanford University
  • Dr. Wuleta Lemma, Honorary Associate Professor, Director Centre for Global Digital Health and AI, Wollo University, Ethiopia; CEO Lalibela Global-USA-Ethiopia
16:30 – 16:40

Creative Session: Spoken word poetry performance.

  • Mumbi Macharia, Spoken Word Poet, Writer, and Self-Published Author from Nairobi, Kenya
16:40 – 18:10 Thematic Sessions:
Structural enablers for—and barriers to—successful integration of digital health and in-person services.

16:40 – 17:25

Session 1: Digital Health: Challenges to scaling, and overcoming these through collaboration
The challenges in the introduction of digital health technologies (e.g., Lack of policy coherence, integrated funding, cost of data, internet access, smartphone availability, digital literacy).


  • Bakari Hardi Nyari, Monitoring and Evaluation Expert, Department of Social Affairs, African Union.
  • Dr. Joanne Peter, Director, Social Innovation, Global Community Impact, Johnson & Johnson.
  • Dr. Rajeev Rao Eashwari, Director eHealth, Gauteng Department of Health, South Africa 

17:25 – 18:10

Session 2: Meaningful Community Engagement in Digital Health
This session will highlight the importance of community involvement in the successful design and implementation of digital health technology.


  • Dr. George Matete, Uganda Country Director, BRAC (Uganda)
  • Julius D. W. Mbeya, Co-CEO, Lwala Community Alliance
  • Emily Owino, Project Officer, mothers2mothers (Kenya) 
18:10 – 18:25

Closing & Vote of Thanks

Session format: 15 minutes

For more information, please contact Bob Munyati, Policy Manager, on [email protected]

Shapers Council

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