Healthcare for all: managing the upcoming health tsunami in Asia and the Pacific

In the last 50 years, Asia and the Pacific region has made major strides to improve health, yet emerging challenges threaten to undermine these gains. Through its newly adopted strategic plan, Strategy 2030, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is scaling up investment in human capital, especially health. ADB is becoming a major player in the health sector, leveraging innovations and multi-sectoral investments to prepare the region for tomorrow’s health challenges, especially preparing for the increased prevalence of non-communicable diseases, strengthening regional health security against the threat of pandemics, combatting high household out-of-pocket health spending, and providing solutions to finance health and achieve Universal Health Coverage. Dr Patrick Osewe provides executive leadership as ADB’s Chief of the Health Sector Group and will discuss the organization’s vision for a healthy and inclusive Asia and the Pacific as well as share lessons learned from his 25 years of experience in the field of global health and international development.

About the speaker
Dr Patrick Osewe is a health specialist at the Asian Development Bank. He provides leadership and guidance on all policy, technical, and operational matters related to health within ADB. In close collaboration with the Sector Committee, he is leading the application of best practices and novel approaches to address priority and emerging health issues in the Asia and Pacific region. Patrick is driven by his commitment to multi-sectoral partnership and promoting innovative systems solutions to complex health problems. He brings global and regional knowledge to the ADB and promotes best practices by elevating ADB's current activities within the global health community.

Prior to his time at ADB, Patrick worked as the World Bank’s Global Lead of Healthy Societies, providing technical and operational guidance to countries, World Bank teams and the global health community to address public health challenges. These included strategies for achieving universal health coverage (UHC), combatting the emerging threat of non-communicable diseases, and addressing health security as both an economic issue and as a major challenge to achieving UHC.

Patrick has led major regional multi-sectoral efforts to address TB in Southern Africa’s mining sector and has led efforts to build World Bank and client capacity in the use of results-based management. Patrick has over 25 years of experience as a global health leader, including having previously worked for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US Agency for International Development as well as providing support to UN agencies and countries across the globe. Patrick holds an MD from the University of Nairobi and an Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.