Investing in Health

in partnership with WHO
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Hall 2 Room 5
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18 October 2023
14:00 - 16:00 Abu Dhabi

Achieving the sustainable development goal of “Good Health and Well-Being” (SDG 3) requires a significant increase in healthcare investment – in fact, at least $100 billion additional investment is needed annually in healthcare facilities and infrastructure in developing countries alone. Domestic funding and development assistance are not meeting the demand for investment. International private sector investment – within the right policy and regulatory setting – can help bridge the gap between the aspirations and realities of healthcare services in developing countries.

UNCTAD assessed the key challenges associated with international investment in the healthcare sector in its 2021 World Investment Report and proposed a set of interventions necessary to improve the ecosystem for investment in healthcare in developing countries. This event at UNCTAD World Investment Forum is intended to bring together national and international policymakers, multilateral organizations, civil society representatives and private sector investors to discuss progress to date, identify priorities for investment in health going forward, and explore options for new partnerships. The session will focus on opportunities and challenges to boost investment in the health sector, where it is needed the most.

Session themes:

  • How can governments, public and private sectors, multilateral agencies and philanthropists play a role in guiding responsible and sustainable investment in health?
  • How can investment in R&D, manufacturing, regulations, and access be prioritized and accelerated to increase equity in health, especially in developing countries and LDCs?
  • What are the main opportunities and challenges that investors in health should take into account in the current global context? 


Deputy Secretary-General, UNCTAD
Executive Director, Strategy & Policy, Abu Dhabi, Department of Health
Principal Industrial Program Coordinator, Continental Pharmaceutical Program, African Development Bank
Co-Founder, Baraka Impact Finance LLC
Director of Programme Management, World Health Organization (WHO)
General Partner, BVCF Management and Member, WHO Council on the Economics of Health for All
Partner, Johannesburg, McKinsey & Company
Acting Managing Director, UN Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries
Managing Partner, TVM Capital Healthcare


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