14-16 December 2021 • Virtual
The inaugural Conference on Public Health in Africa (CPHIA 2021) will put a spotlight on emergency health response in Africa and allow participants from around the world to share and learn about progress made, best practices in public health interventions and the latest in innovative research. This will become an annual conference, hosted by the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and African Union. CPHIA 2021 is being organized by an Organizing Committee with members from around the world.


1. What is the Conference on Public Health in Africa (CPHIA)?

The inaugural Conference on Public Health in Africa (CPHIA), hosted by the Africa CDC and the African Union, is a three-day conference that will create a unique platform for participants to collaborate on research, innovation, and public health across the continent. CPHIA 2021 aims to help accelerate progress in the fight against COVID-19, while also addressing long-standing health emergencies such as HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria.

By creating more collaborative networks and encouraging multi-sectoral coordination, the conference can help improve solidarity and speed in responding to future threats.

We hope that CPHIA will grow into the preeminent annual public health gathering in the region.

2. Where will CPHIA 2021 be hosted?

CPHIA 2021 is a virtual conference, which will allow participation from anywhere with an internet connection. We hope to be able to gather in person in future years.

3. Is CPHIA 2021 free to attend?

Yes. CPHIA 2021 is free for all attendees.

4. Who is organizing CPHIA 2021?

CPHIA is hosted by the Africa CDC and African Union, with support from an Organizing Committee of public health experts from Africa and around the world.

5. Who should attend CPHIA 2021?

The CPHIA aims to reach individuals from academic and government institutions; national, regional, community and faith-based organizations; private sector firms; as well as, researchers, front-line health workers and advocates. Anyone, however, is welcome to participate in the conference.

Young professionals who recently began their careers in public health and related fields
are especially encouraged to attend in order to share their research, hone their skills and receive mentorship from others. More details on these opportunities will be shared in the coming months.

6. When will the CPHIA 2021 program be available online?

The conference program is actively in development and we expect it to be shared in late September. Please check the conference website regularly for the latest details or register to receive updates over email.

7. How do I register for CPHIA 2021?

You can register for CPHIA 2021 here.

8. How can my organization get involved in the conference?

We welcome a variety of partner activities during and surrounding the conference. Details on official partner engagement opportunities are being developed and we expect to share more information in early September. Please check the website or register to receive email updates.

9. Will there be virtual pre-conferences or satellite sessions?

Yes, the Organizing Committee encourages partner organizations to host events around CPHIA 2021. More details on hosting pre-conference or satellite sessions will be announced soon, or you can contact the planning team at cphia@globalhealthstrategies.com or Leena Elsamani at ElsamaniL@africa-union.org.

10. How can I get updates about CPHIA?

Please register for CPHIA 2021 here. When you register, you will automatically receive periodic email updates about the conference. Additional details will also be added to the website and shared on Africa CDC social media channels on a rolling basis.

11. How can I submit an abstract to CPHIA?

CPHIA will be inviting abstracts on specific topics over the coming weeks. Please note that abstracts can only be submitted following invitation from the organizers.