Public health in Africa: an international conference in December

The African Public Health Conference earlier this year was postponed due to Covid-19 and is now scheduled to take place from 14-16 December in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The pandemic has exposed the extreme fragility of health systems in many African countries where hospitals are rapidly saturating. According to John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Center for Disease Control, this situation constitutes ” A historic opportunity to establish a new public health system that will make health for all a reality across the continent ».

The Cameroonian virologist’s conviction is that Africa can” Develop health systems and production facilities capable of responding effectively to multiple health threats To do so, he said, The inaugural Africa CDC Annual Conference provides a platform to build on the knowledge, experience and aspirations of Africans and together pave the way to a healthier future for all. ».

For three days, the ideas will mainly focus on strengthening African health systems through ” A special focus on developing the skills of early-career professionals The organizing committee, made up of more than 15 health professionals from the African continent and around the world, will contribute to the strategic direction of the conference.

For her part, Professor Agnes Benagwaho, Co-Chair of the Public Health Conference in Africa, confirmed that this meeting will be ” Convenient forum to review lessons learned from Covid-19 and design health systems that are more resilient and able to respond effectively to future crises ».

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