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Whether it is Ebola or other neglected tropical diseases, HIV/AIDs, or maternal and child mortality, African nations have faced many extraordinary health challenges. However, over the last three decades, African health leaders have also shown creativity, innovation and leadership in the way they have tackled these challenges. There have been enormous improvements in the health of their people – in the most difficult circumstances – and their achievements deserve to be more widely recognised and celebrated. They have made these improvements through making the best use of resources of their communities and developing new approaches which are now of interest around the world.
Drawing on his experience in running the UK’s National Health Service and extensive work in low and middle income countries, Lord Crisp will discuss policy around the management of the current Ebola crisis and a vision for the future. This is in the context of a distinctly African vision of health and health systems reflected in the book, African Health Leaders – making change and claiming the future, that he co-edited with Dr Francis Omaswa. Most books on health in Africa are written by Europeans and Americans and this redresses the balance and contains accounts from 23 African health leaders – 13 men and 10 women from 14 countries and 3 generations – about how they have led change in their own countries.
Lord Nigel Crisp is an independent crossbench member of the House of Lords where he co-chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health. Lord Crisp is a Special Advisor on Global Healthcare to KPMG.
He was Chief Executive of the National Health Service in England and Permanent Secretary of the UK Department of Health between 2000 and 2006. Previously he was Chief Executive of the Oxford Radcliffe Hospital NHS Trust.
Lord Crisp chairs Sightsavers, the Kings Partners Global Health Advisory Board, the Zambia UK Health Workforce Alliance and the Uganda UK Health Alliance.
He is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, an Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, an Ambassador for the eHealth Foundation, and a Foreign Associate of the Institute of Medicine.
He has written extensively on global health. His earlier books include Turning the World Upside Down – the search for global health in the 21st century and 24 hours to save the NHS – the Chief Executive’s account of reform 2000-2006.