Kigali Summit Agenda

23 JUNE 2022

08:30 Delegates arrive

Refreshments will be available.

09:30 Opening ceremony

A high energy celebration of the fight against malaria and NTDs, utilising music, spoken word and dance performances.

Sherrie Silver, Choreographer

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Writer

09:40 Opening Session

Host country welcome address by The Hon Dr Daniel Ngamije, Minister of Health, Rwanda

Partners’ welcome remarks:

Rebeca Grynspan, Secretary General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and Chair, Uniting to Combat NTDs

Dr Corine Karema, Interim CEO, RBM Partnership to End Malaria

Ren Minghui, Assistant Director General, UHC, Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases, WHO

Host partners welcome remarks.

09:55 Session 1: Scene setting

Panel discussion: Setting the scene for the day, by outlining the challenges and achievements in the fight against malaria and NTDs, and opening the conversation on how investments in programming for these diseases can strengthen health systems and ensure health security for all.

Session Chair: Prof. Stanley Okolo, Director General, West Africa Health Authority

  • H.E. Ambassador Cessouma Samate, Commissioner for Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development, African Union Commission
  • Hon. Dr Frank Anthony, Minister of Health, Guyana
  • Hon. Bruno Leingkon, Minister of Health, Vanuatu
  • Lucy Oyella, Community Health Worker, Uganda

10:25 Session 2: Integration

Keynote speech

Panel discussion: Demonstrating how integration of malaria and NTD programming including through primary health care systems can drive improvements in public health, and help to build resilient health systems.

Session Chair: Faustina Fynn Nyame, Executive Director, CIFF


  • Dr Githinji Gitahi, Group Chief Executive Officer, AMREF
  • Herbert Fisk Johnson, CEO, SC Johnson

11:05 Break for refreshments

11:35 Spotlight on neglected tropical diseases


11:45 Session 3: Innovation

Panel discussion: Examining how rolling out and scaling up new innovations, tools and approaches to fight malaria and NTDs can help to accelerate elimination efforts.

  • Dr Sandra Tirado, Deputy Minister of Minister of Health, Argentina
  • Hon. Ummy Mwalimu, Minister of Health, Republic of Tanzania
  • Philip Welkhoff, Director, Malaria, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Bernard Pecoul, Executive Director, DNDI
  • Dr Noella Bigirimana Chair, Youth Combatting NTDs and Deputy Director, Rwanda Biomedical Centre


Panel Discussion: What is the transformation that is required to bring new tools and innovations to the people that need them?

Session Chair: Helena Ngaifiwa, Co-founder, National Young Women in Namibia Association; Southern Africa Lead for ALMA Youth Advisory Council

  • Margaret Ndomondo Segonda, Head of the African Medicines Regulatory Harmonisation Initiative, AU-NEPAD
  • Dr Lutz Hegeman, President, Novartis
  • Dr Mark Sullivan, CEO, Medicines Development for Global Health
  • Dr Marijke Winrojks, Chief of Staff, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria

12:45 Commitment update

12:50 Spotlight on malaria


13:00 Lunch

14:15 Session 4: Resourcing the promise

Keynote address
Panel discussion: Examining innovative methods to finance malaria and NTD programmes from across donor, domestic, philanthropic and private sector sources.

  • Dr Donald Kaberuka, Chair of the Board, Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria
  • Dr Katey Owen, Director NTDs, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Dr. Neil Buddy Shah (Outgoing) Managing Director GiveWell, (Incoming) CEO CHAI  

14:45 End Malaria Council presentation

  • Rev. Dr. Felicidade Chirinda, End Malaria Council Member, Mozambique
  • Ms. Thandile Nxumalo, End Malaria Council Member, Eswatini
  • Constance Njovu End Malaria Council Member, Zambia
  • Mr. Chris Getonga, End Malaria Council Member, Kenya

14:55 Kigali Declaration on NTDs presentation

Launching the Kigali declaration on NTDs, and its role in delivering the WHO NTD road map and SDG NTD target and showcasing the commitments made to date. 

  • Tiwa Savage, Musician and producer
  • Hon. Dr Hafez Adam Taher, Minister of Health, Ghana

15:00 Closing session performance

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Writer

15:10 Morning Sessions End

16:00 Introduction and welcome Back


16:05 Presentation of summit outcomes and commitments

16:15 Host keynote speech

16:20 Special addresses

16.30 Statements and commitments by VIPs

17.15 Closing statement

17.25 High level session ends