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Future of Global Health Initiatives: The Future We Want to See

Date: Wednesday, 29 November 2023

Time: 10:00 – 20:00 (CAT)

Venue: Mosi Oa Tunya | New Wing

Amref Health Africa, in partnership with the Future of Global Health Initiatives, will host a side event during the 3rd International Conference on Public Health (CPHIA 2023). The event aims to bring together African public health policymakers and advocates to discuss and collaborate on shaping a global health financing ecosystem that is fit for purpose beyond 2030.

The discussion will focus on key areas such as the lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, changes in demographics and disease burden, climate change, conflict, and political and economic shifts. These areas all converge on the need for changes in how external funders, including global health initiatives (GHIs), support the health programs of low- and middle-income countries.

Hidden Pandemic We Must Not Ignore: African Leadership for AMR Action

Date: Wednesday, 29 November 2023

Venue: Ntumba Chushi | Radisson Blu Hotel, Lusaka

Time: 07:30 – 09:00 (CAT)

This session will bring together key stakeholders to explore ideas and initiatives to tackle Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in Africa effectively. AMR is a significant challenge in the global health sector, with multiple factors contributing to the worsening crisis. If no intervention is made, by 2050, Africa is expected to bear the highest burden of the predicted 10 million annual deaths and lose up to 5% of national GDPs.

The discussion will explore existing initiatives and any needed initiatives in line with Africa CDC’s New Public Health Order, focusing on respectful and action-oriented partnerships, commitments to strengthen institutions for health, and developing a fit-for-purpose health workforce that is responsive to AMR.

Empowering Health Heroes: What must we do to build Africa’s Resilient Health Workforce for Public Health Security? 

Ensuring the availability of a well-equipped and trained health workforce is a crucial pillar in the Global Architecture for Health Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Resilience. The World Health Organization recognizes this as a central role in preventing, preparing, and responding to emergent public health challenges. This aligns with the Africa CDC’s New Public Health Order, which emphasizes the importance of creating a trained and adaptable health workforce that can effectively enhance Primary Health Care (PHC) and protect community health systems against emerging threats and shocks. The Amref-led session at CPHIA2023 will highlight the imperative of equipping health professionals with the essential skills and competencies required for PPR.

The session will also facilitate a comprehensive discussion on emerging frontiers in public health security, providing a platform to explore novel paradigms and anticipated trajectories in Global Health Security (GHS) for Africa. Overall, the event will shed light on the critical role of a strong and well-equipped health workforce in ensuring health security and resilience in the face of emerging public health challenges. of this discourse will encompass optimizing digital health resources, where participants will dissect the effective integration of technological advancements to fortify public health security measures.

Gavi CSO Constituency Event Series – Civil Society Dialogue Series & Immunisation Today Podcast 

Date: Wednesday, 29 November 2023

Venue: Radisson Blu, Room 2 | Old Wing

Time: 07:00 – 09:00 (CAT)

As we move towards a future where digital and in-person experiences are more intertwined, we believe a hybrid approach to our Civil Society Dialogue Series and Immunisation Today Podcast will amplify our reach, impact and inclusivity. These hybrid events will combine live, in-person presentations with an interactive virtual component, offering our audience the best of both worlds. 

Objectives of the Session

  • To engage, inform, and inspire civil society organisations (CSOs) across the globe on critical health issues and their solutions. 
  • To stimulate dialogue and discussion on global health topics, focusing on immunization. 
  • To strengthen relationships with CSOs and other key stakeholders in the global health community. 
  • To increase awareness and understanding of Gavi’s role in improving health outcomes worldwide. 

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