Media Advisory: Invitation to Representatives of the Media

The 2nd International Conference on Public Health in Africa (CPHIA 2022) kicks-off next week at the Kigali Convention Centre in Rwanda. CPHIA 2022 is hosted by the African Union and Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), in partnership with the Rwanda Ministry of Health and Rwanda Biomedical Centre, and will take place from 13-15 December, with official side events beginning on 12 December.

This year’s conference has been organized by a committee of leading and renowned health experts under the theme Preparedness for future Pandemics and Post-Pandemic Recovery: Africa at a Crossroads. Building on CPHIA 2021, this year’s conference will also serve as a catalyst to strengthen resilient health systems across the continent to better prepare for and manage emerging health threats while also addressing long-standing infectious diseases. 

Participants from more than 80 countries around the world are expected to attend the gathering. Over three days, CPHIA 2022 will feature presentations from African Heads of State and Government, dignitaries and leading health experts. CPHIA 2022 will feature nine plenary sessions; several parallel and special sessions, abstract-driven oral sessions and posters; and more than 50 side events. 

The conference will focus on:

  • The need to address long-standing health challenges on the continent, including local production capacity (vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics), health systems and universal health coverage
  • The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and lessons learned to date
  • Women in health leadership as an essential building block to improving health outcomes 
  • The importance of a renewed focus on NCDs and Africa’s major infectious diseases: HIV, TB, Malaria and NTDs

Click here for a full conference programme and to register.

As part of the conference programme, members of the media are invited to join the following two press briefings: 

12 December (pre-conference media briefing)

7.00am – 7.30am ET / 1.00pm – 1.30pm WAT / 2.00pm – 2.30pm CAT / 3.00pm – 3.30pm EAT 



  • Dr Yvan Butera, Minister of State, Rwanda Ministry of Health
  • Dr Ahmed Ogwell Ouma, Ag Director, Africa CDC
  • Professor Senait Fisseha, CPHIA 2022 Co-Chair, Vice President, The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation
  • Professor Agnes Binagwaho, CPHIA 2022 Co-Chair, Retired Vice-Chancellor, University of Global Health Equity
  • Nekerwon Gweh, Moderator

15 December

12.00pm – 1.00pm ET / 6.00pm – 7.00pm WAT / 7.00pm – 8.00pm CAT / 8.00pm – 9pm EAT

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  • Hon. Sylvia Masebo, Minister of Health, Zambia
  • Dr Ahmed Ogwell Ouma, Ag Director, Africa CDC
  • Professor Salim Abdool Karim, Director, Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA)
  • Julien Mahoro Niyingabira, Moderator

Live stream: – On Africa CDC social media platforms: FacebookTwitterYouTube.     
Languages: The briefing will be available in English and French through interpretation.  
Media Q&A: Journalists may submit questions to Africa CDC during the briefing by sending their full name and the name of their media organization to WhatsApp at +251 94 550 2310.  Journalists may also ask questions live through Zoom.


For more information or interview opportunities please contact:

Nekerwon Gweh
Communication & Media Engagement, Africa CDC

Chrys Promesse Kaniki
Senior Technical Officer for Strategic Programs, AU COVID-19 Vaccination Bingwa Initiative Coordinator
KanikiC@africa-union.orgOuma Onyango
Manager, Global Health Strategies



Africa CDC