The annual International Conference on Public Health in Africa (CPHIA) is organised by the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) and provides a unique African-led platform for leaders across the continent to reflect on lessons learned in health and science, and align on a way forward for creating more resilient health systems.

CPHIA 2023 is the third edition of the conference, which was held virtually in 2021 and in-person in Kigali, Rwanda, in 2022. This year, CPHIA will be hosted by the Zambian Ministry of Health and takes place 27-30 November in Lusaka, Zambia, under the theme “Breaking Barriers: Repositioning Africa in the Global Health Architecture” – a theme that will be explored across nine plenary sessions, several parallel and abstract sessions and dozens of official side events.

CUAMM will host its own virtual side event on November 22nd at 6 pm (CAT) via Zoom Meeting under the theme Operational research and civil society contributions to enhance Universal Health Coverage: the experience of Doctors with Africa CUAMM. Among the panelists: CUAMM experts and University professors from both Italy, Ethiopia and Uganda as well as partners, namely UNICEF Mozambique and collaborators from two African Universities namely Mekerere University, Uganda and Catholic University of Mozambique. The speakers will take the floor to explore the relationship between operational research and civil society engagement in enhancing universal health coverage and navigate the long-term experience of Doctors with Africa CUAMM who has been working for over 70 years for the promotion of the global right to health in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The event aims to reach individuals from academic and government institutions; national, regional, community and faith-based organizations; private sector firms; as well as researchers, front-line health workers and advocates. Anyone, however, is welcome to participate in the conference.

Building on the previous year’s convenings, CPHIA 2023 will showcase how the continent is breaking down barriers, reaffirming Africa as a powerhouse in science and innovation, generator of new knowledge and health products, and exemplar of progress.




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