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African Science, Technology and Innovation Forum (Second Session)

Monday, February 24, 2020, Victoria Falls
Session 1: People – Poverty, Hunger, Health, Education and Equality (SDG 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) | Monday, 24 February 2020

By 2030, about 9 of 10 poor people in the world will be in Africa and life expectancy is likely to be lower than that in the rest of the world despite the progress made in recent years. Science, technology and innovation has been at the forefront of increasing access to food, health and education services, and in reducing gender inequality. All of which are important in improving the wellbeing of people.

This session will focus on the opportunities that science, technology and innovation offers to Africa to uplift the millions of the people out of poverty and hunger; offer quality, accessible and affordable health and education services as well as address all forms of gender inequality.


  • Prof. Martin Oosthuizen, Chief Executive, SARUA
  • Mr Artwell Kadungure, Training and Research Support Centre
  • Prof. Romain Murenzi, Executive Director, The World Academy of Sciences
  • Prof. Sheila Dinotshe Tlou, Former Minister of Health, Botswana

Co-Chair, Global HIV Prevention Coalition; Co-Chair, Nursing Now Global Campaign

Moderator: Ann Therese Ndong Jatta, Director & Representative, UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa (TBC)

Rapporteur: Moses Tapfumaneyi MukabetaModerator: 

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM