ADDIS ABABA – The first International Conference on Public Health in Africa (CPHIA) will take place virtually in December this year, announced the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).
The three-day conference comes at major inflection point for addressing health inequities and driving progress on emergency response, health system resiliency and scientific innovation in Africa.
The continent is currently grappling with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic which started last year.
The pandemic is far from over in Africa. With 7 million infections and almost 175,000 lives lost across the continent, its impact has already been severe.
Economic and social disruptions caused by COVID-19 have threatened even more lives and livelihoods, putting years of human development progress at risk of reversal.
“Africa has been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, COVID-19 has created a historic opportunity to build a new public health order that makes health for all a reality across the continent.,” said Dr. John Nkengasong, of the Africa CDC.
“Together, we can build health systems and manufacturing capacities to effectively respond to multiple health threats,” Dr. Nkengasong said, adding the conference will provide “a platform that capitalizes on the knowledge, experience and ambition of Africans to collectively pave the way for a healthier future for all.”
The conference that will start on Dec 14 is expected offers a unique platform for African researchers, policymakers and others to share scientific findings and public health perspectives and collaborate on research, innovation and public health.
An Organizing Committee of more than 15 health leaders from across Africa and the globe are helping to shape the strategic direction of the conference, according to Africa CDC.