Coronavirus (1196) Colloquium: Fairer healthcare policies and programmes during covid-19 pandemic and beyond

26 March, 2021

Dear Excellency, Dear Stakeholder in Health,


The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and worsened existing health inequalities in societies all over the world. It has also given rise to new inequalities. The impacts of the COVID-19 crises are felt more harshly among those who suffer the consequences of discriminatory laws/policies and practices/programmes; thus, necessitating the imperative for fairer policies and programmes within the health and development systems. The UN Secretary-General has highlighted the “underlying structural inequalities and pervasive discrimination that need to be addressed in the response and aftermath of this [COVID-19] crisis”. Certainly, these reflect gaps in the fulfillment of human rights obligations and enthronement of humane societies, as well as reflect some of the challenges in achieving the SDGs, Agenda 2030 and Agenda 2063.

Afrihealth Optonet Association is a community-focused civil society organization [CSOs] network/think-tank of about 1000 CSOs with interests in the promotion of Health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and achievement/realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially in the global South. AFRIHEALTH Network and its members are involved in Health [Universal Health Coverage, HIV/AIDS, TB, FP/RH and Malaria - prevention, treatment, impact mitigation, care and support]; Vaccinations/Immunizations; Preventing/Controlling poverty-related Diseases; Nutrition and Food Security; Energy and Environment; and Empowerment, Gender/women empowerment, Good Governance and Human Rights. Incorporated in Nigeria as a not-for-profit, non-religious and non-partisan registered trustees in 2003, AFRIHEALTH uses Partnerships/Collaborations (PPP); Advocacy and Mobilisations; Research/Evidence-Generation (reviews, assessment, oversight, conferences, symposiums, seminars); Capacity Development/Training and Organizational Strengthening; Outreaches/Community Interventions; and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) - called PARCOM Strategy to achieve its objectives; while focusing on rural and poor urban communities, marginalized, vulnerable and disadvantaged populations especially women, children, adolescents and elderly; and exploring the nexus/interlinkages between Health, Energy and Environment - including renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy conservation, climate change, biodiversity and ecosystems; Nutrition and Food Security, and Gender, Good Governance/Democracy and Human Rights. Its target beneficiaries include the poorest of the poor, children/infants and orphans, women, youth/adolescents, vulnerable population/groups and the elderly in rural and urban/suburban communities. Afri-health Optonet Association has a Consultative Status at the United Nations ECOSOC.

In commemoration of the 2021 World Health Day which shall be marked on 7 April 2021, AFRIHEALTH OPTONET ASSOCIATION [CSOs Network] respectfully invites you to the International Colloquium on ‘IMPERATIVES FOR FAIRER HEALTHCARE POLICIES AND PROGRAMMES DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND BEYOND’.

When: April 2, 2021

TIME: 10.00 am West Central Africa

VENUE: Virtual via Zoom

Keynote Address by:

Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Honourable Minister

Federal Ministry of Health, Abuja

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The colloquium shall also receive interventions from notable panelists across the world, activists, participants and stakeholders in vaccine and immunization, in a global audience.

We look forward to your presence and participation.

Kindly accept our esteemed regards.


Dr. Uzodinma Adirieje, CMC, CMTF, FASI, FNAE, FIMC, FIMS

CEO & Permanent Representative to United Nations

Afrihealth Optonet Association [CSOs Network] - with consultative status at UN ECOSOC

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HIFA profile: Uzodinma Adirieje is a Health and Development Systems Strengthening and Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Specialist, Writer/Columnist, Health Economist, Health & Environment/Energy/Climate Development Advocate, Fed. Govt Accredited Management Trainer/Facilitator, Evaluator & Certified Management Consultant. He is CEO & UN/ECOSOC Representative of Afrihealth Optonet Association - a 22-years old civil society network/coalition of about 600 member-organizations in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Haiti, Malawi and Uganda with focus on Health, Energy/Environment, Nutrition/Food Security, and Gender/Good Governance/Human Rights using Partnerships, Advocacy, Research, Capacity Dev't, Outreaches, Monitoing & Evaluation (M&E). Among other professional services, he’s also the Chairman, Civil Society Organizations Strategy Group on Sustainable Dev’t Goals (CSOSG-SDGs) in Nigeria; Country Group Lead, Civil Society Consultations on 2020 Voluntary National Review (VNR) of the SDGs, Nigeria; Executive Secretary, Nigeria Universal Health Coverage Actions Network (NUHCAN); National President, Nigerian Association of Evaluators (NAE); Member, National Core Working Group on 2020 Voluntary National Review (CWG-VNR), Nigeria; President, Society for Conservation and Sustainability of Energy and Environment in Nigeria (SOCSEEN). He was roject Director of the UNDEF-funded Project which promoted the SDGs in 81 Niger Delta communities (2017-2018) and Chairman, national World Malaria Day Committee 2019 in Nigeria.