From 5th to 8th March 2023, the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) will join the rest of Africa’s health and climate stakeholders in Kigali, Rwanda, for the Africa Health Agenda International Conference 2023.
The biennial conference themed ‘Resilient Health Systems for Africa: Re-envisioning the Future Now’ will provide a platform for dialogue and action to mainstream climate discourse into health policy conversations and vice versa. This year’s conference comes at a crucial time when the region, and the rest of the world, is exploring a multisectoral approach towards health, especially looking at critical linkages between climate change, population and health as the world moves towards achieving the 2030 Global Goals, including providing universal health coverage (UHC).
Jointly convened by Amref Health Africa, the Ministry of Health Rwanda, the African Union and Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), the conference will kick off with the AHAIC 2023 Wogging event on 5th March to coincide with Kigali Car Free Day, which takes place every first and third Sunday of the month as part of efforts to make Kigali a green city and strengthen efforts to combat non-communicable diseases (NCDs). This will be followed by three days of plenaries, high-level meetings, panel dissussions, and networking sessions that will take place from the 6th to the 8th of March.
AFIDEP’s participation at the conference:
6-8 March: Exhibition Booth
AFIDEP will display publications and resources related to health, climate action, population dynamics, and other areas focus related to Africa’s development. Staff representing AFIDEP at the conference will be available to discuss different aspects of our work on key development issues in Africa, respond to any queries, and build partnerships with stakeholders present.
Booth number: 15
6 March: Parallel Session on Closing the Climate Health Loop: Generating Evidence for Action
Dr Eliya Zulu, AFIDEP’s Executive Director, will give the keynote address at the session. The session seeks to further discussions on the growing impacts of climate change on public health and facilitate an evidence-based approach to climate health justice in Africa.
Time: 11:30-13:00 CAT
8 March: Parallel Session on Accelerating Africa’s progress in the development, testing and deployment of emerging health technologies
AFIDEP, through its Platform for Dialogue and Action on Health Technologies in Africa (Health Tech Platform) will host a session to discuss some of the emerging health technologies prioritised by the African Union High-Level Panel on Emerging Technologies (APET). Technologies to be discussed include gene drives and monoclonal antibodies for malaria control, and the use of drones and microgrids in health. The session’s discussants will also propose tackling barriers to their development, testing, and/or deployment.
Time: 14.00-15.30 CAT
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