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First international public health conference to be held, Ethiopia among major participants

Addis ZeybeOctober 27, 2021
City: Addis AbabaNews
First international public health conference to be held, Ethiopia among major participants

The first International Conference on Public Health in Africa (CPHIA) which focuses on the deployment of the COVID-19 vaccine, the strengthening of health systems, and the lessons learned from the fight against COVID-19, will take place from December 14-16, 2021.

Ethiopian endocrinologist Prof. Senait Fisseha will be among the 9 speakers including Paul Kagame, the Rwandan president, who are participating in the virtual event. The conference is organized by the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).

According to a statement from CDC, the event is expected to provide a unique platform for African researchers, policymakers, and stakeholders from across the globe to share perspectives and research findings in public health.

“If Africa works in unity, we can strengthen health systems and manufacturing capacities to respond effectively to multiple health threats,” said Dr. John Nkengasong, Director of Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).

CPHIA will include panels, plenary sessions, and participatory sessions with a particular emphasis on building the skills of professionals at the start of their careers. Young medical professionals are called to register for this conference in order to benefit from the know-how of the scientific luminaries who will participate in this conference.

With 7 million infections and nearly 175,000 lives lost across the African continent, the impact of COVID-19 has already been severe, leading to the economic and social disruption that has threatened more lives and livelihoods, putting years of human development progress in danger.