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Sunday, November 6, 2005
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. REGISTRATION
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Welcome Reception
Harnessing Science and Technology for Public Policy
"Welcome" by the Organizing Committee
Monday, November 7, 2005: Public Launch & Presentation Sessions
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. REGISTRATION
Meeting Objective: To bring together scientists and national policymakers to explore the potential role of African science academies in informing national-level and regional-level government decision-makers on matters related to human health, quality of life and development. The Millennium Development Goals are a timely and potentially useful focal point around which to consider the contribution of science academies, given that African governments may draw upon scientific resources in fulfilling their countries’ commitments to the Goals.
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Day 1 Facilitator: Prof. Isaac O. Nyambok, Chairman, Organizing Committee

15 min Orientation

Orientation of the Meeting:
-Prof. Isaac O. Nyambok, Chairman, Organizing Committee, Kenya
-Dr. Enriqueta Bond, Chair of the Board on African Science Academy Development, USA

9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. SESSION I: Informing Public Policy to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals in Africa: A Role for African Science Academies
 

Session Objectives: To provide background information on the Millennium Development Goals, and explore these Goals as a vehicle through which African science academies could provide input to government policymakers.

Moderator: Prof. Wieland Gevers, Executive Director, Academy of Science of South Africa

Speakers
12 min presentations

  1. Role of Science Academies in Development: Perspectives from the MDG Science, Technology, and Innovation Task Force: Prof. Lee Yee Cheong, President, Academy of Sciences of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, and Coordinator, UN Millennium Project Task Force Report on Science, Technology, and Innovation
  2. Role of Science Academies in Development: Perspectives from African Academy Experience: Prof. Shem O. Wandiga, Director, Centre for Science and Technology Innovations, Kenya
  3. Millennium Development Goals for Health: Rising to the Challenges: Prof. Miriam Were, Chairperson, African Medical and Research Foundation and National AIDS Control Council, Kenya
  4. Science Academy Potential to Advise National Governments: Dr. Michael Clegg, Foreign Secretary, The National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC
  5. Perspective from NEPAD: Science in Regional Decision-Making: Hon. Dr. Yaye Kène Gassama Dia, Minister for Scientific Research, Senegal
Discussion Session (30 minutes)
10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. TEA/COFFEE BREAK
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. OPENING SESSION
10 min presentations
Welcome Remarks: 10 min presentations
11:35 a.m. – 12:15p.m.

Opening Address: H. E. President Mwai Kibaki, President of the Republic of Kenya

Address on Rational Policymaking for Development and Good Governance: H. E. President Olusegun Obasanjo, President, Federal Republic of Nigeria and President of the African Union

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. LUNCH BREAK
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.Press Conferences
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.African Academies and Policymakers Meet Over Lunch – Invitation Only (Bandini Room)
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. SESSION II: Local Solutions for Global Challenges: Using Science and Evidence to Improve Decision Making in Africa

Session Objectives: To discuss challenges involved in identifying and communicating evidence-based research to policymakers

Moderator: Prof. Patrick Rubaihayo, Professor of Crop Science, Makerere University

Panel Presenters:
15 min presentations

  1. Prof. Anthony Mbewu, Executive Director for Research, Medical Research Council, South Africa
  2. Dr. Narciso Matos, Chair, International Development, Carnegie Corporation, USA
  3. Dr. Ruth Levine, Director of Programs and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development, USA
  4. Prof. David P. S. Wasawo, former Chairman, University of Nairobi Council, Kenya
Discussion Session (30 minutes)
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. TEA/COFFEE BREAK
4.00 p.m. – 5.30 p.m. SESSION III: Policymakers Roundtable Discussion: How Can Science Academies Serve National Interests

Session Objectives: For ministerial, legislative and local government policymakers to discuss how academies of science could serve their decision-making needs.

Moderators:

  1. Amb. Bethwel Kiplagat, Chairman, Somali Reconciliation Conference, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD)
  2. Prof. Jo Ivey Boufford, former Deputy Assistant and Acting Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Lead Discussants:
  1. Dr. James Hughes, former Director, National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Department of Health and Human Services
  2. Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General; US Department of Health and Human Services

Roundtable Discussion:

Uganda

  • Prof. Zerubabel M.Nyiira, Executive Secretary, Uganda National Council for Science & Technology
  • Hon. Patrick Amuriat, Chairman, Standing Committee for Science and Technology, Uganda
  • Prof. Emanuel Kaijuka, Ministry of Health, Uganda
Cameroon
  • Rrof Angwafo III, Fru Fobzushi, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Public Health, Cameroon
Nigeria
  • Hon. Prof. Eyitayo Lambo, Minister for Health, Nigeria
  • Hon. Prof. Jubril Aminu, Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
  • Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Governor of Ogun State, Nigeria
Kenya
  • Hon. Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o, Minister for Planning and National Development, Kenya
Senegal
  • Hon. Moustapha Sourang, Minister for Education, Senegal
  • Hon. Dr. Yaye Kène Gassama-Dia, Minister for Scientific Research, Senegal
Ghana
  • Hon. Ms Christine Churcher, Minister for Science and Environment, Ghana
5:30 p.m.

5 min remarks

Closing & Adjournment by Day 1 Facilitator: Prof. Isaac O. Nyambok, Chairman, Organizing Committee

Tuesday, November 8, 2005: Public Presentation Sessions
8:30 a.m. 5 min Welcome remarks

Day 2 Facilitator: Prof. Gideon B. A. Okelo, Secretary General and Acting Executive Director, African Academy of Sciences

5 min Introduction
Introduction of the Day’s Agenda: Prof. Nimrod Bwibo, Chairman, Maseno University Council, Kenya

8:40 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. SESSION IV: Reducing Child Mortality and Disease (MDG 4) and Improving Maternal Health (MDG 5)

Session Objectives: To illustrate how science academies can assist policymakers in resolving controversies and in providing comprehensive answers to questions about specific programmatic or educational interventions related to improving child and maternal health. To describe how interventions and policy-making processes related to maternal and child health can be better clarified, prioritized, or improved through dialogue promotion or deliberation carried out by science academies.

Moderator: Prof. Dominic W. Makawiti, Treasurer, Kenya National Academy of Sciences and Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Nairobi, Kenya

Panel Presenters:
15 min presentations

  1. Prof. Alex Ezeh, Executive Director, African Population and Health Research Center, Kenya
  2. Prof. Barthélémy Kuate Defo, Director, PRONUSTIC Research Laboratory, University of Montreal, Canada
  3. Prof. Ruth Nduati, Professor of Paediatrics and Child
    Health, University of Nairobi, Kenya
  4. Dr. Tomris Türmen, Representative of the Director General, World Health Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland
Discussion Session (30 minutes)
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. TEA/COFFEE BREAK
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. SESSION V: Eradicating Extreme Poverty and Hunger (MDG 1)
Session Objective: To illustrate how science academies can assist policymakers in resolving controversies and in providing comprehensive answers to questions about specific programmatic or educational interventions related to eradicating poverty and hunger. To describe how interventions and policy-making processes related to poverty and hunger eradication can be better clarified, prioritized, or improved through dialogue promotion or deliberation carried out by science academies.

Moderator: Prof. Nimrod Bwibo, Chairman, Maseno University Council, Kenya

Panel Presenters:
15 min presentations

  1. Dr. Moses Banda, Chief Economic Adviser, Zambia
  2. Dr. Speciosa Wandira Kazibwe, former Vice-President of the Republic of Uganda
  3. Dr. Isatou Semega-Janneh Jallow, Director, National Nutrition Agency, The Gambia
  4. Prof. Isaac O. Nyambok, Co-ordinator, Science and Technology Park, University of Nairobi; United Nations Sasakawa Laureate for Disaster Reduction, Kenya
Discussion Session (30 minutes)
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. LUNCH BREAK
12:30 p.m. – 2:00p.m. African Academies and Policymakers Meet Over Lunch – Invitation Only (Bandini Room)
2:00 p.m. – 2:10 p.m. How Science and Medical Communities Can Help Governments Achieve the Millennium Development Goals: Dr. Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director, The Earth Institute; Director, UN Millennium Project; and Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals
2:15 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. SESSION VI: Improving Disease Prevention: Technological, Public Health Education, and Decision Making Tools (MDG 6)

Session Objectives: To illustrate how science academies can assist policymakers in resolving controversies and in providing comprehensive answers to questions about specific progra.m.matic or educational interventions related to preventing diseases. To describe how interventions and policy-making processes related to disease prevention can be better clarified, prioritized, or improved through dialogue promotion or deliberation carried out by science academies.

Moderator: Dr. Richard Muga, Director, National Council for
Population and Development, Kenya

Speakers and Presentations:
10 min presentations

Delivering the Right Interventions Well: Packaging, Policy, and Health Systems Priorities
  1. Prof. Anne Mills, Professor of Health Economics and Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
Importance of Public Health Education: The Polio Example
  1. Prof. Alhaji Umaru Shehu, Professor Emeritus, Community Medicine, University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Nigeria
HIV Prevention
  1. Prof. Malcolm Barry Kistnasamy, Program Manager for HIV/AIDS, Department of Community Health, Nelson Mandela School of Medicine, South Africa
  2. Dr James M’Imunya Machoki, Project Manager, UNITID/ FHI PEPFAR Project, University of Nairobi, Kenya
Control of Tropical Diseases
  1. Prof. Benson B. A. Estambale, Director, University of Nairobi Institute for Tropical and Infectious Diseases (UNITID), Kenya
Virtual Education and Communication
  1. Prof. Jacques Bonjawo, Chairman of the Board, The African Virtual University, Nairobi, Kenya

Discussion Session (30 minutes)

3:40 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. TEA/COFFEE BREAK
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. SESSION VII: Roundtable Discussion of African Academy Representatives: The Way Forward

Session Objectives: To share perspectives on the opportunities
and challenges that lie ahead for African science academy
leaders.

Moderator: Dr. Cheikh Mbacké, Senior Advisor, The Rockefeller Foundation


50 mins Concluding Remarks by African Science Academies
40 mins Discussion

5 min Closing Session

Closing and Adjournment by Day 2 Facilitator:
Prof. Gideon B. A. Okelo, Secretary General and Acting Executive Director of the African Academy of Sciences

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Adjourn to Farewell Reception
Closing Remarks:


 
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