According to The Economist, child mortality in Senegal has dropped fourty percent in just five years from 2005 to 2010, one of fastest reductions the world has ever witnessed. The country had falls of more than eight percent a year since 2005, almost double the percentage necessary to reach the Millennium Development Goal Four. At Falling Walls, Senegal’s Minister of Health Coll Seck will explain how the immunisation and malaria control are the main reasons for these achievements. Awa Marie Coll Seck has an unparalleled experience as a specialist in infectious diseases in leading hospitals in Dakar, Senegal and Lyon, France, and as a healthcare policymaker with leading roles at UNAIDS, the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership, and has received recognitions like the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite de la République Francaise. As Minister of Health, she has reformed the health sector in Senegal, activating partnerships involving government, civil society and the private sector to implement and expand public health programmes. In her 15-minute lecture, Minister Coll Seck will talk about her unique vision of how financing for malaria and other major diseases can help save lives in every endemic country and community.

Awa Marie Coll Seck is Professor of Medicine and Chair of infectious diseases. Since 2004, she is executive director of the Partnership Roll Back Malaria – WHO, UNICEF and UNDP.  Professor Awa Marie Coll-Seck is the Minister of Health of the Republic of Senegal, a post she has held from 2012 to 2017 and previously from 2001 to 2003.

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