Hon. Ummy Mwalimu

Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu

Hon. Ummy Mwalimu

Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Tanzania

Ummy Ally Mwalimu is the Minister of Health, as of March, 2022 to date. She also serves as a Member of Parliament for Tanga City Constituency since 2021 to date. Minister Ummy has been very active in ensuring all people especially children and women have the right to access good standard healthcare services. Prior to this in the period 2010 - 2015, she served as Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Deputy Minister of Vice President's Office (Environment) as well as Deputy Minister of Community Development, Gender and Children. In 2015 - 2020 she was appointed as a Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, from January 2021 to July 2021 a Minister of Vice President's Office (Union and Environment) and from July 2021 to March 2022 a Minister of State, President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government. From 2004 to 2010, she worked as the Programme Officer (Good Governance, Refugees & Gender) for the Embassy of Denmark/DANIDA in Tanzania. Between 2001 and 2003, she was a Legal Officer for Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC) and Research Assistant for Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF) in Tanzania. In 2001, she was a Junior Consultant with the Office of the Legal Counsel, Organization of Africa Unity (OAU) General Secretariat in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Minister Ummy graduated with a Master of Laws (LLM in Human Rights and Democratization in Africa) from the University of Pretoria (2001) and Bachelor of Laws (LLB, Hons) from the University of Dar es Salaam (1998).

All Sessions by Hon. Ummy Mwalimu

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Mt. Meru

Leading the Change: Shaping the Future of Public Health Policy Through Equitable & Diverse Leadership

Led by: WomenLift Health.

This session will focus on the pivotal role of women in crafting and implementing public health policies, as well as their vital contributions to strengthening health systems worldwide. Speakers will share compelling examples that, taken together, will showcase the tangible impact of women at the helm of public sector departments and provide insights into how equitable policies are conceptualized and brought to life. Speakers will also move beyond specific policy discussions and share a vision for empowering more women to assume leadership roles in the public health sector. Join us to explore how women leaders are actively shaping the trajectory of our collective health and well-being.

Session Chair: Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, Regional Director for Africa, World Health Organization

Moderator: Dr. Lwazi Manzi, Head of Secretariat, African Union COVID-19 Commission

1. Dr Tomi Coker, Commissioner for Health at Ogun State, Nigeria
2. Hon. Ummy Mwalimu, Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Tanzania