Kigali Summit Agenda

23 JUNE 2022

08.30 AM Delegate Arrival

Refreshments will be served.

09:25 AM Vocal and Drumming Performance

Rwandan-based Inganzo Ngari performance troupe.

09:30 AM Opening Ceremony

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

  • Dance Performance by Ms Sherrie Silver, Choreographer, Speaker, Dancer
  • Remarks by Ms Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Acclaimed Nigerian Novelist
09:45 AM Welcome Remarks from Summit Host

The Honourable Dr Daniel Ngamije, Minister of Health, The Republic of Rwanda

Introductory Statements by:

  • Dr Ren Minghui: Assistant Director General, UHC/Communicable and Noncommunicable Diseases, World Health Organization
  • Ms Thoko Elphick-Pooley: Executive Director, Uniting to Combat NTDs
  • Dr Corine Karema: Interim CEO, RBM Partnership to End Malaria

Voices of Individuals Affected by Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs).

SESSION ONE: Unlocking the Potential

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.

10:00 AM Panel: What are the key ingredients for success

Chaired by Professor Stanley Okolo, Director General, West Africa Health Authority


  • The Honourable Dr Osagie Ehanire, Federal Minister of Health, Federal Republic of Nigeria
  • Ms Jo Lomas, Commonwealth Envoy, Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office of the Government of the United Kingdom
  • Mr Russel Tamata, Director General, Ministry of Health, Republic of Vanuatu,
  • Ms Lucy Oyella, Community Health Worker, Republic of Uganda
  • Dr Poonam Singh, Regional Director for WHO South East Asia World Health Organization

SESSION TWO: Integration

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. 

10:30 AM Keynote speaker 

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa

10:35 AM Integrating malaria and NTD programming across all health systems

Session chair:  Ms Faustina Fynn-Nyame, Executive Director, Africa, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)


  • Ms Hiwot Solomon Taffese, Director of Disease Prevention and Control Directorate, Federal Ministry of Health, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
  • Mr Alan VanderMolen, Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs & Philanthropy, SC Johnson
  • Ms Chido Cleopatra Mpemba, African Union Youth Envoy
  • Dr Githinji Gitahi, Group CEO, Amref Health Africa
11:00 AM Coffee Break
11:30 AM NTD Creative Moment

Telling the stories of NTDs and celebrating progress.

SESSION THREE: Innovation and New Tools

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

11:35 AM The Innovation Agenda

Session chair: Ms Noella Bigirimana, Chair, Youth Combatting NTDs and Deputy Director, Rwanda Biomedical Centre


  • Dr Philip Wellkhoff, Director, Malaria, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Dr Bernard Pécoul, Executive Director, Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative
  • Dr Beatrice Mutayoba, Director, Preventive Services at the Ministry of Health, United Republic of Tanzania
  • Dr Juan Manuel Castelli, Undersecretary of Health Strategies, Ministry of Health, Argentine Republic
12:00 PM Access to Innovation

Session chair:  Dr Maha Barakat, Chairman of the RBM Partnership to End Malaria and Director General of the Frontline Heroes Office


  • Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director General, World Trade Organization
  • The Honourable Mutahi Kagwe, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Ministry of Health, Republic of Kenya
  • Dr Marijke Wijnroks, Chief of Staff, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria
  • Dr Mark Sullivan, CEO, Medicines Development for Global Health
  • Dr Lutz Hegemann, President, Global Health & Sustainability, Novartis
12:25 PM Spotlight Feature: New Commitment Announcements
12:35 PM Malaria Moment

Telling the stories of Malaria and celebrating progress.

12:45 PM Lunch

SESSION FOUR: Resourcing the promise

Examining innovative methods to finance malaria and NTD programmes from across donor, domestic, philanthropic and private sector sources.

14:00 PM Panel Discussion

Session chair:  Dr Neil Buddy Shah, (Outgoing) Managing Director GiveWell, Incoming CEO, Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)


  • Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank
  • The Honourable Claudine Uwera, Minister of State, Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Republic of Rwanda
  • Ms Nardos Bekele-Thomas, CEO, AU-NEPAD
  • Dr Donald Kaberuka, Chair of the Board, The Global Fund to Fight Aids, TB and Malaria
  • Ms Gargee Ghosh, President, Global Policy & Advocacy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Dr Niels Annen, Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany
14:20 PM US Government Announcement
  • Jonathan Kamin, USAID Mission Director for Rwanda and Burundi and the U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires ad interim
14:25 PM Panel Discussion: End Malaria Council

Session chair: Mr Chris Getonga, End Malaria Council Member, Kenyan End Malaria Council


  • Ms Thandile Nxumalo, Member, Chair, Eswatini End Malaria Fund and CEO, Sanlam, Eswatini
  • Ms Constance Njovu, End Malaria Council Member, Zambian End Malaria Council
  • Reverend Dr Felicidade Chirinda, End Malaria Council Member, Mozambique End Malaria Council
  • Dr Aimable Mbituyuremyi, Division Manager, Rwanda Biomedical Centre/Malaria, NTDs and Other Parasitic Diseases Control Division
14:35 PM Commitments Announcements
14:40 PM Kigali Declaration Session

Rolling out the Kigali Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), highlighting its role in delivering the WHO NTD road map and SDG NTD target, and showcasing commitments made to date.

15:00 PM Creative Moment to Close

Session Chair: Ms Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Acclaimed Nigerian Novelist

15:05 PM Coffee Break

Heads of State and Government commit to accelerate progress in the malaria and NTD fight, alongside leaders from across the private sector, philanthropy, civil society, and multilateral agencies.

16:00 PM Address On The Summit Outcomes and Commitments 

The Honourable Dr Daniel Ngamije, Minister of Health, The Republic of Rwanda

16:05 PM Host Keynote Address 

His Excellency Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda

16:10 PM Special Address

HRH Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Head of the Commonwealth

16:20 PM Remarks
  • Ms Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Acclaimed Nigerian Novelist

16:25 PM High Level Speaker Sessions
  • Ms Melinda French Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Professor Ugur Sahin, Co-Founder and CEO of BioNTech SE
16:30 PM Special High Level Speaker Sessions
  • His Excellency Mokgweetsi Masisi, President of the Republic of Botswana
  • His Excellency President Nana Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana
  • Hon. Dr. Philip Isdor Mpango, Vice President of The United Republic of Tanzania
  • His Excellency Sheikh Shakhboot bin Nahyan Al Nahyan, Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, United Arab Emirates
  • Honorable Osagie Ehanire, Federal Minister of Health, Federal Repulic of Nigeria
  • Video message from leaders in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Mr Tawanda Hodza, speaking from personal experience of LF and malaria
  • Dr Francisca Olamiju, Executive Director, MITOSATH
  • Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus Adhanom, Director-General, World Health Organization
16:30 PM Closing Remarks