United States: Proskauer’s Women In Africa Speaker Series: Importance Of Maternal And Child Health
Last Updated: April 7 2017

March 23, 2017 (NEW YORK) – Proskauer's New York office hosted distinguished guests from the Clinton Health Access Initiative and Africa Integras to delve into the health and economic challenges affecting women in Africa. Rick Zall, chair of the Health Care Department, moderated the enlightening discussion with experts Dr. Mphu Keneiloe Ramatlapeng and Ms. Amini Kajunju.

Dr. Ramatlapeng is Executive Vice President at Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), leading the organization's HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and health financing strategies. She works closely with government leaders and international partners to drive change in the health care systems of Africa. Prior to joining CHAI, a pro bono client of Proskauer, Dr. Ramatlapeng served as Minister of Health and Social Welfare of Lesotho from 2007 to mid-2012, during which time she championed significant health care reforms, especially in maternal and family health. Ms. Kajunju serves as Director of Strategic Partnerships for Africa Integras, a New York City-based private investment firm focused on the development of mixed-use infrastructure. Prior to that, she was the first African to serve as the President and CEO of the Africa-America Institute, the oldest not-for-profit organization of its kind in the United States.

Both panelists emphasized the importance of family planning and women's health in Africa, noting that their work has lowered the number of maternal deaths and decreased infant mortality rates. Ms. Kajunju noted that while "there are some bright spots, there is still so much to do." With each country in Africa at a differing stage of development, the panelists spoke about collaborating with governments and local and regional organizations to help countries think outside the box to help their citizens.

The panel ended on an empowering note from Dr. Ramatlapeng. When asked how people in the audience could make a difference, she stated, "You are U.S. citizens. Your voice is very important. Don't stop talking about what is important."

The panel was immediately followed by a CLE led by the New York Legal Assistance Group on filing asylum applications for West African women who have experienced persecution.

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