Special Press Briefing on the launch of Africa CDC Ministerial Executive Leadership Programme (MELP)


Special Press Briefing on the launch of Africa CDC Ministerial Executive Leadership Programme (MELP)


OVERVIEW: On the margins of the 36th Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly, Africa CDC will convene a high-level Ministerial Forum and perform the official launch of the Africa CDC Ministerial Executive Leadership Programme, as a critical component of its strategic objective. The Ministerial Executive Leadership Programme (MELP), is a tailored program for Health Ministers aimed at refining political strategy for transformative leadership through the New Public Health Order for Africa.

Representatives of the media are invited to the opening session of the Ministerial Executive Leadership Programme (MELP) with several Heads of States (see attached flyer).

Date: 18th February 2023

Time: 7:00am EAT

Venue: Sheraton Hotel, Addis Ababa

 A special press briefing to provided critical updates on the outcome of the closed Ministerial sessions, and highlights on the next steps of the programme’s activities in 2023 will be held as follow:


  1. Dr Ahmed Ogwell OUMA, Ag. Director, Africa CDC
  2. Prof. Senait Fisseha, Vice President for Global Programs, The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation
  3. Dr. Austin Demby, Honorable Minister of Health, Republic of Sierra Leone 
  4. Dr Ali Mrabet, Honorable Minister of Health, Republic of Tunisia
  5. Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, Honorable Member of Parliament & Minister of Health, Republic of Uganda

WHEN: 18th February 2023

TIME: 1:30 – 2:00pm EAT (10:30 – 11:00 GMT)

WHERE: Sheraton Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (In-person/Physical)

MODERATOR: G. Nekerwon Gweh, Communication Officer, Africa CDC

Media Q&A: There will be a brief Q&A session with the speakers

For more information:

Ms. Faith Nekabari Nfii, Senior Programme Coordinator – Health Workforce Development & Executive Programme | Africa CDC | Tel: +251 901 091 183 | Email: nfiif@africa-union.org

Media inquiries:

Dorothy Wambeti Njagi, Senior Communication Officer – Policy, Health Diplomacy & Communication: Africa CDC | Tel: +251 940 559 950 | Email: njagid@africa-union.org

G. Nekerwon Gweh, Communication Officer – Policy, Health Diplomacy & Communication; Africa CDC | Tel: +251 945 502 310 | Email: GwehN@africa-union.org

About Africa CDC

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) is a continental autonomous Public Health agency of the African Union which supports Member States in their efforts to strengthen health systems and improve surveillance, emergency response, prevention and control of diseases.

Learn more at: http://www.africacdc.org

About the African Union

The African Union spearheads Africa’s development and integration in close collaboration with African Union Member States, the Regional Economic Communities and African citizens. AU Vision: to accelerate progress towards an integrated, prosperous and inclusive Africa, at peace with itself, playing a dynamic role in the continental and global arena, effectively driven by an accountable, efficient and responsive Commission.

Learn more at: http://www.au.int/en


18 February 2023


Africa CDC


Sheraton Hotel – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


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