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Conference on Public Health in Africa underway

L-R: Dr. Ahmed Ogwell Ouma, Prof. Senait Fisseha, Édouard Ngirente, Prime Minister of the Republic of Rwanda, and Dr. Yvan Butera, State Minister of Health, Rwanda.

Kampala, Uganda | Patricia Akankwatsa | The second Conference on Public Health in Africa (CPHIA) is underway in Kigali, Rwanda at the Kigali Convention Centre.

The conference which officially opened yesterday. Dec 13th, attracted African Heads of State, ministers of health, and leading researchers and scientists.

This conference is a platform where African and international experts come together to find solutions for the public health challenges that we face here in Africa, and to guide the implementation of those solutions to make a real and lasting change globally.

While giving her welcome remarks, the CPHIA 2022 Co-chair, Prof. Senait Fisseha, said that the Government of Rwanda through the Ministry of Health is happy to collaborate with Africa CDC towards implementation of the new public health order in varied aspects including strengthening institutions for public health, building our public health workforce, expanding local manufacturing, increasing domestic investment in health, and promoting strategic partnerships, which resonates very well with the theme of the conference.

“The conference is also an opportunity to showcase the work done in different parts of the continent and the world to promote the health and well-being of our populations,” Dr Ahmed Ogwell Ouma, the Acting Director of Africa CDC said, adding that one significant lesson that we have learnt is that it is time for Africa to take ownership and responsibility in shaping our present and our future.

“We recognize the crucial importance of creating a space where ideas and insights are shared among the brightest African and international minds, a space where innovation can flow, a space where these ideas are turned into concrete solutions for Mama Afrika.

“A space where we welcome ideas from all over the world because we have chosen not to work alone. This conference is that space, so I urge all of you to participate fully. Arrive full of ideas.

Offload all of them here and go back empty, ready to fill up with even more ideas in time for the next conference. Every idea counts!”

The three-day conference will feature nine plenary sessions, 14 parallel sessions, 9 abstract- driven sessions, a high-level ministerial session and opening and closing ceremonies.

CPHIA 2022 is hosted by the African Union and Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) in partnership with the Government of Rwanda.

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