RWANDA – The 2nd International Conference on Public Health in Africa (CPHIA 2022) has kicked off at the Kigali Convention Centre in Rwanda.
The conference aims to build on conversations started at CPHIA 2021, helping to serve as a catalyst for accelerating progress against the continent’s most significant health challenges and building more resilient health systems.
African Heads of State, ministers of health, and leading researchers and scientists are scheduled to give remarks during three days of official sessions.
CPHIA 2022, hosted by the African Union and Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) in partnership with the Government of Rwanda, will include remarks from several distinguished speakers.
The speakers include H.E. Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal and Chairperson of the African Union, Rt. Hon. Édouard Ngirente, Prime Minister of the Republic of Rwanda, H.E. Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa and H.E. Haikande Hichilema, President of the Republic of Zambia.
“There has been an incredible amount of interest in CPHIA 2022 from across Africa and around the world. It is clear this conference is needed now more than ever,” said Professor Senait Fisseha, CPHIA 2022 Co-Chair and Vice President at The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation.
“Last year’s virtual conference, CPHIA 2021, was a tremendous success and this year’s convening we’re excited to build on that for the second edition. We hope to continue using this extraordinary conference as a platform to elevate and advance African voices and solutions for years to come.”
CPHIA 2022 will feature nine plenary sessions, 14 parallel sessions, 9 abstract-driven sessions,
a high-level ministerial session and opening and closing ceremonies.
There will also be more than 50 official in-person side events in Kigali beginning on 12 December, plus an additional 10 side events held virtually.
“This conference brings essential conversations about Africa to Africa – conversations on topics
like pandemic preparedness, increasing local vaccine production, tackling infectious and noncommunicable diseases and African leadership in health,” said Professor Agnes Binagwaho,
CPHIA 2022 Co-chair.
“We are grateful to the Africa CDC and our CPHIA 2022 co-hosts the Rwandan Government for bringing us together this year and driving progress toward the Africa We Want.”
Other leaders expected to participate in the conference include Rt. Hon. Édouard Ngirente
Prime Minister of the Republic of Rwanda, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Director-General
at the World Health Organization (WHO), Prof Salim Abdool Karim, Director, Center for the AIDS
Program of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA).
Others include Madam Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, UNAIDS, Cheikh Oumar Seydi, Director, Africa, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Prof Claude Mambo Muvunyi, Director General for Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) and Dr Monique Wasunna, Director, Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative, Africa Regional Office, among many others.
“It’s time that countries should collectively invest in stronger health system governance, including
multisectoral collaboration within countries,” said Dr Ahmed Ouma, Ag. Director, Africa CDC.
“Africa CDC has presented its vision of a New Public Health Order, which aims to ensure that
effective health systems exist before a crisis and remain resilient during and post-crisis. CPHIA
2022 will shine a spotlight on this new approach to public health shaped by local leadership and