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PATH’s president, Dr. Christopher Elias, participated in the 16th World Economic Forum on Africa (May 31 through June 2, 2006) as an expert panelist. Five heads of state and more than 700 leaders from business, government, and civil society attended the meeting, held in Cape Town, South Africa.

Dr. Elias was part of a panel titled “Beyond Funding—Strengthening Health Care Systems in Africa.” He and representatives from BD Medical, Merck, and the Bank of Botswana discussed the continuing challenge of improving access to health care in sub-Saharan Africa. In particular, Dr. Elias addressed the need to quickly move new technologies and innovations out to the people who need them the most—a difficult task, when there is no strong health system in place.

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The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional, and industry agendas. The forum is comprised of more than 1,000 member and partner companies and organizations, each of whom contribute their expertise and resources.

World Economic Forum summits bring together decision-makers to address the world’s most crucial issues. These events enable members and constituents to discuss global and regional issues by sharing firsthand information and insights.

Read more about the 2006 World Economic Forum on Africa on the forum's website.