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Pictorial: Bebe Cool interacts with youth in Kigali

Star singer Bebe Cool has had a busy Monday at Convention Youth Centre in Kigali Rwanda where he interacted with over 400 youth from cross all over Africa and the world at the launch of the Youth for Universal Health Coverage Conference.

The singer will today be participating as a panelist in two United Nations High Level Meetings – TB Symposium.

“Today, I was honoured to interact with over 400 youth from 25 countries all over Africa and the world at the launch of the Youth for Universal Health Coverage Conference at the Kigali Convention Centre in Rwanda. These young people have been deliberating for days with an aim of finding solutions to health care access for all youth in Africa. I am happy that for the first time, African youth have been given an opportunity to identify their own challenges and to also participate in finding practical solutions through their talents, connections and passion.

These youth under a theme “Nothing about us, without us”, asked that they be included in decision making processes that impact their livelihood. I challenged them to question their motives for demanding a sit on the table of MEN. Are they coming with practical solutions or joining with an attitude of entitlement. I advised them to desist from making impractical demands but to concentrate on identifying challenges and suggesting realistic solutions.

On the same day, I was privileged to have interacted with some of the most influential people in the noble business of health care. In meetings with me was the Senior disease coordinator of the Global Fund Dr Eliud Wandwalo, the head of community rights and gender at the Global Fund Ms Kate Thomson, the Group CEO of Amref Health Africa Dr Githinji Gitahi, the Rwanda Minister of Health Dr Diane Gashumba, the Liberia deputy Minister of Health Ms Norwu Howard, Uganda’s National TB and Leprosy Commisioner Dr Stavia, Mr Jacob Creswell, the team lead Stop TB partnership and Thandi Katlholo also of Stop TB partnership, and many other distinguished dignitaries,” Bebe Cool posted.

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