Akhona Tshangela

Akhona Tshangela, Southern Africa Director, WomenLift Health

Akhona Tshangela

Southern Africa Director, WomenLift Health

Ms. Akhona Tshangela is a public health professional with over 15 years of service. She has successfully implemented and lead programs at both national and continental level, demonstrating exceptional expertise in dealing with complex public health issues and contextualising these to the African continent. She was one of the pioneer staff for the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, under the African Union, and has supported in the strengthening of Africa’s health systems through leading programs such as regional health product manufacturing and ensuring during the joint African COVID-19 response that decision making was informed by the available science and data at the time by co-chairing the science, regulations and standards technical working group. She has worked closely with several international and local partners including the private sector in shaping policy and garnering political and financial support at the most highest decision making levels. She is a trained field epidemiologist and has supported a number of outbreak responses across the continent having obtained her Masters in Public Health from the University of Pretoria and her Bachelors of Science in Medicine (Honours) degree in Human Genetics at the University of Cape Town. Ms. Akhona joins the WomenLift Health team as the Southern Africa director with a strong passion for inclusivity and a steadfast belief that public health is missing out on an integral leadership resource by mostly limiting females, especially, in major decision making on public health issues.

All Sessions by Akhona Tshangela

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

African Women Rising: Investing in Women as Global Health Leaders for Sustainable Development

Led by: WomenLift Health.

Like in many other regions around the world, African women are at the forefront of healthcare delivery across the continent, providing both paid and unpaid labor where it is needed most. Yet their leadership potential remains largely untapped, with African women making up just a fraction of the 5% representation of women from low- and middle-income countries at the helm of global health organizations. This session will bring together a diverse selection of progressive African professionals to explore the critical need for investing in African women's leadership in global health. Panelists will unpack the realities of African women’s participation in health, share their own experiences, highlight the impacts of empowering women as decision-makers, and outline strategies to accelerate investment in African women as global health leaders for sustainable development.

Moderator: Akhona Tshangale, Southern Africa Director, WomenLift Health

1. Dr. Norah Obudho, East Africa Director, WomenLift Health
2. Ms. Abosede George-Ogan, Founder, Women in Leadership Advancement Network (WILAN)
3. Awa Sarr, Program Director, EtriLabs
4. Oley Dibba-Wadda ,Executive Director, The Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Presidential Center for Women and Development
5. Klara Michal, Chief Learning Officer, AMP HEALTH