The East African Health and Scientific Conference (EAHSC) is an initiative of the East African Community, based on the East African Community Treaty. It is organized annually around themes of regional and universal interest which foster cooperation in the development and provision of quality healthcare.
The Regional approach offers a framework for solving public health problems that go beyond the geographic national boundaries. It is an important milestone in the attainment of the MDGs, considering its contribution to the improvement of the health of the East African people.
The conference strategically emphasizes on resource mobilization, utilization of research results for sustainability of national and regional health programmes.
The first EAHSC was hosted by the Government of the Republic of Uganda, in March 2007 on the theme “Responding to Health Challenges in East Africa”; the second one was hosted by the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania in March 2008 on the theme “Addressing poverty and health in East Africa: Challenges to meeting the Millennium Development Goals” and the third was hosted by the Government of the Republic of Kenya in March 2009, on the theme “Climate change, Environment and Health”. The 4th East African Health and Scientific Conference was hosted by the Government of the Republic of Rwanda from March 31 to April 2, 2013.
The 4th EAC Health and Scientific Conference’s main theme was “Regional Health Priorities and Opportunities: Evidence for Action in the Changing Global Financial Situation”.
AFIDEP’s participated at the Population, Health and the Environment: Integrating Family Planning/Reproductive Health and Environmental Conservation Policies and Programmes in East Africa Symposium. At this Symposium, Dr Eliya Zulu made a presentation on ‘What are the linkages between population dynamics, climate change and sustainable development in Africa: Examination of macro and policy level links in East Africa.’