2018 The Academy of Medical Sciences and The Lancet International Health Lecture

18.00, Monday 08 October 2018

Wellcome Collection,

183 Euston Road, London

Universal Health Coverage: Global policy agenda breakthrough or great white elephant? - Dr Irene Agyepong

The 2018 Academy of Medical Sciences & The Lancet International Health Lecture was held on Monday 8 October at the Wellcome Collection, London.

The lecture was broadcasted via a livestream and will be published as a video shortly. 

We are delighted that this year’s annual lecture was presented by Dr Irene Akua Agyepong, a public health physician currently based in the Research and Development Division of the Ghana Health Service (GHS). The lecture was presented under the title: Universal Health Coverage: Global policy agenda breakthrough or great white elephant?

The lecture will drew on Dr Agyepong’s experience in public health leadership, and her expertise in health policy and systems research.

Read more about Dr Agyepong's experiences and motivations in this interview. 

Irene’s work has made lasting change to health in Africa through building health policy and systems research, and by developing policy and practice capability to improve health outcomes. This has been achieved through her work as regional Director of the Health Services for the Greater Accra region of Ghana, and through a secondment to the University of Ghana School of Public Health, where she also previously taught and supervised students part time since its inception in 1994.

Between 2008 and 2010, Irene held the Prince Claus Chair in Development and Equity at the University Medical Centre, Utrecht in the Netherlands, and between 2012 and 2014 was the first Chair of the Board of Health Systems Global; an international membership society for the promotion and development of the field of health policy and systems research.

Previously, Irene has also been Chair of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) of the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, and the Implementation Research Platform hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO). Irene has also been a member of the American National Academy of Medicine Commission on Creating a Global Health Risk Framework for the Future.

In 2008, Irene was awarded the Arnold Kaluzny distinguished alumni award from the Public Health Leadership program at the University of North Carolina.

Dr Agyepong is currently a member of the Independent Advisory Committee for the Global Burden of Disease and the WHO’s Expert Reference Group, providing scientific advice to the Office of the Director-General on the WHO’s 13th General Program of work (2019-2023) and on the measurement of its results. 

Irene has a Medical degree (MBChB 1986) from the University of Ghana Medical School; a Masters in Community Health (1991) from the University of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine UK; a Doctor of Public Health (2000) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill); and part 1 of the West Africa College of Physicians and Surgeons in Public Health. She is a Foundation Fellow of the Public Health Faculty of the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Honorary Professor in the Division of Health Systems and Policy of the School of Public Health and Family Medicine at the University of Cape Town. Irene has published extensively in the field of health policy and systems research.

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