CPHIA 2021 will host thousands of participants from around the world for three days of engaging keynote presentations, plenary sessions, participatory sessions and panel discussions.

Conference Programme

3:00 – 3:50PM EAT
Opening Ceremony

Featured speakers include:

  • H.E Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, President, Democratic Republic of Congo; Chairperson of the African Union
  • H.E. Paul Kagame, President, Rwanda; AU Champion for Domestic Health Financing
  • H.E. Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa; AU Champion on COVID-19
  • H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson, Commission of the African Union
  • Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General, World Health Organization
  • Prof. Agnes Binagwaho, Co-Chair, CPHIA 2021; Vice Chancellor and Professor of Pediatrics, University of Global Health Equity
  • Prof. Senait Fisseha, Co-Chair, CPHIA 2021; Director of Global Programs, The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation
  • Dr. John Nkengasong, Director, Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC)

4:00 – 5:30PM EAT
Plenary Session 1: Epidemiology of SARS-COV-2, Virology, Prevention and Clinical Management

While the African continent was predicted to be particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, African populations appear to have thus far evaded widespread morbidity and mortality due to the virus. This track will assess how the pandemic has unfolded on the African continent, discuss possible biologic mechanisms that may have mitigated the impact of the disease, identify areas of particular need for future research in the African setting, and discuss the future of COVID-19 in Africa.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr. John Nkengasong, Director, Africa CDC
  • Prof. Penny Moore, South African Research Chair of Virus-Host Dynamics and Reader / Associate Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand and the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD)
  • Prof. Salim Abdool Karim, Director, CAPRISA
  • Prof. Ibrahim Abubakar, Dean of Faculty of Population Health Sciences, Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, University College London (UCL)

5:30 – 7:00PM EAT
Session 1 Abstract Presentations

11:00 – 12:30PM EAT
Plenary Session 2: Vaccination in Africa: Research Capacity, Advocacy, Manufacturing and Distribution

As the world looks toward preparing for future health threats, African countries need to strengthen their vaccine manufacturing capacities by bolstering regulatory agencies, developing the necessary human resource potential and attracting financial and technical investment. This track will explore the current state of COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Africa and the way forward, as well as the future of vaccine manufacturing on the continent.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr. Benido Impouma, Director of Universal Health Coverage, Communicable & Non-Communicable Diseases, WHO Regional Office for Africa
  • Prof. Ernest Aryeetey, Secretary-General of the African Research Universities Alliance and African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) Board Chair at the University of Ghana
  • Madam Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, UNAIDS
  • Prof. Petro Terblanche, Managing Director, Afrigen Biologics
Plenary Session 3: COVID-19 and Equitable Health System Strengthening in Africa

African countries and continental public health institutions have had to develop innovative approaches to meet the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic – from a rapid expansion of diagnostic capacity and genomics, to pooling resources between nations and across the public-private sector. This track will explore case studies that can inform innovative approaches to building strong health systems in Africa.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Rt. Hon. Dr. Michel Sidibe, Special Envoy for the African Medicines Agency, African Union
  • Mr. Strive Masiyiwa, Founder and Executive Chairman, Econet Global
  • Honorable Minister Lt Col Dr. Tharcisse Mpunga, Minister of State in Charge of Primary Healthcare, Ministry of Health, Rwanda
  • Prof. Tulio de Oliveira, Director, Centre for Epidemic Response & Innovation, Professor, Stellenbosch University

1:00 – 2:30PM EAT
Plenary Session 3 Parallel Sessions

Panel: COVID-19 and Technological Opportunities

  • Prof. Oyewale Tomori, COVID-19 Technical Advisory Group, WHO
  • Dr. Kate O’Brien, Director of the Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals, WHO
  • Dr. Benjamin Schreiber, Deputy Chief, Global Immunization Program, UNICEF
  • Dr. Ebere Okereke, Senior Technical Adviser, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change (Co-moderator)
  • Dr. Mohammed Abdulaziz, Head of Division, Disease Control and Prevention, Ag Head of Division, Surveillance, Africa CDC (Co-moderator)

Debate: Innovations emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic response increase Africa’s chances of achieving Universal Health Coverage

  • Prof. Isaac F. Adewole, Former Minister for Health of Nigeria
  • Dr. Stellah Wairimu Bosire, Co-Executive Director, UHAI East Africa Sexual Health and Rights Initiative
  • Tolu Adeleke-Aire, CEO and Founder, Tolu The Midwife
  • Ayodeji Oluwole Odutolu, Senior Health Specialist in the African Region, World Bank
  • Dr Ifeanyi Nsofor, Senior Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity at George Washington University (Moderator)

Panel: COVID GAP – Joint Convening to Accelerate Global COVID-19 Vaccinations

3:00 – 4:30PM EAT
Session 4: The Case for a New Public Health Order for Africa

The proposed New Public Health Order is an urgent call for Africa to strengthen public health institutions, decentralize public health engagements for more efficient implementation, bolster capacity for local production of vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics, while creating significant investments in the health workforce and leadership programs, and building respectful public-private partnerships. This track will focus on two tenets of the New Public Health Order: building the capacity of the Africa CDC and National Public Health Institutes, and investing in the public health workforce.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, Assistant Director-General, Health Emergency Intelligence, WHO
  • Dr. Natalie Mayet,  Deputy Director, National Institute for Communicable Diseases, and Chairperson, IANPHI-Africa.
  • Dr. Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
  • Dr. Amadou A. Sall, CEO, Institut Pasteur de Dakar

5:00 – 6:30PM EAT
Session 4 Parallel Sessions

Panel: Establishing a National Public Health Institute: A conversation with Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu

  • Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, Assistant Director-General, WHO Health Emergency Intelligence
  • Oluwafunmilola Dare, CEO, Centre for Health Sciences Training, Research and Development (Moderator)

Panel: Getting to the business of economic and social recovery: AU Commission on COVID-19

  • Dr. Ama Pokuaa Fenny, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Statistical, Social and Economics Research (ISSER), University of Ghana
  • Dr. Maha El Rabbat, Professor of Public Health, Cairo University; Former Egyptian Minister of Health
  • Prof. Olive Shisana, Advisor on Social Policy, Office of the President, Republic of South Africa
  • Dr. Lwazi Manzi, Head of Secretariat, AU Commission on COVID-19 (Moderator)

Panel: Futureproofing Africa’s health system

  • Prof. Glenda Gray, President and CEO, South African Medical Research Council, South Africa
  • Olumide Okunola, Senior Health Specialist, World Bank Nigeria
  • Mah-Sere Keita, Director of Programs, African Society for Laboratory Medicine
  • Seth Akumani, Head of Exploration, UNDP, Ghana
  • Dr. Rispah Walumbe, Health Policy Advisor, Amref (Moderator)

7:00 – 9:00PM EAT
Special CPHIA Session: Developing, Producing and Delivering Oral Therapeutics for COVID-19
  • Panel 1: Scientific Update on Oral Therapeutics fo COVID-19
  • Panel 2: Ensuring Access to Oral Therapeutics for COVID-19

11:00 – 12:30PM EAT
Plenary Session 5: Assessing the Response to COVID-19 in Africa to Prepare for Future Health Threats

While African countries have responded relatively well to the pandemic, the continent has faced a variety of challenges, including in some instances weak leadership; restrictions in the global supply chain with insufficient test kits, personal protective equipment and vaccines; and misinformation. This track will examine the effectiveness of Africa’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and highlight key successes, challenges and lessons learned to prepare for future health threats. It will also explore ways to prevent the severe unintended economic and social consequences that often follow health crises such as COVID-19.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Prof. Tom Kariuki, Former Director of Programmes, African Academy of Science
  • Prof. Helen Rees, Founder and Executive Director, Reproductive Health and HIV Institute, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • Dr. Michael Makanga, Executive Director, European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership
  • Prof. Benedict Oramah, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors, African Export-Import Bank
Plenary Session 6: Digitisation, Modelling and Analytics to Support an Effective Public Health Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the advent of digital tools and technologies for public health messaging, epidemiologic surveillance, screening and diagnosis for rapid case identification, interruption of community transmission and clinical care delivery. This track will explore how digitisation, modelling and analytics can be fruitfully employed to sustain the public health goals of quality, accessibility, efficiency and equity in health care.

Confirmed speakers include: 

  • Dr. Yvonne Mburu, Founder and Executive Director, Nexakili
  • Dr. Edem Adzogenu, Co-Chair of the Initiative’s Executive Committee, AfroChampions
  • Honorable Minister Dr Lia Tadesse, Ministry of Health, Ethiopia
  • Ms. Abimbola Adebakin, CEO, Advantage Health Africa

1:00 – 2:30PM EAT
Session 5 Abstract Presentations
Session 6 Abstract Presentations

3:00 – 4:30PM EAT
Session 7: Agenda 2063: Whole-of-society – Private Sector, Community and Leadership, Approach in Combatting COVID-19 and Other Emerging Diseases

 Effective partnerships and collaborations across all sectors will be critical to winning the fight against COVID-19. This track will focus on what can be done to create and harmonize more effective platforms for public-private dialogue to strengthen health systems; the innovations and investments that should be prioritized to better prepare for and respond to future pandemics and outbreaks; how leveraging private sector supply chain best practices can improve health supply chains in low- and middle-income countries; the role of local leadership in effective testing and diagnostics; and community engagement best practices.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Mrs. Grace Ssali Kiwanuka, Executive Director, Uganda Healthcare Federation
  • Dr. Ernest Darkoh, Founding Partner, BroadReach Group
  • Dr. Joel Mubiligi, Executive Director, Partners in Health
  • Dr. Donald Kaberuka, COVID-19 Special Envoy, African Union

4:30 – 6:00PM EAT
Session 7 Parallel Sessions

Panel: Boosting the manufacturing of vaccines in Africa

  • Stavros Nicolaou, Senior Executive responsible for Stategic Trade Development, Aspen Pharmacare Group
  • Mwai Ngibuini, Group Head of Business Development and Communication, Dawa Life Sciences
  • Njide Ndili, Country Director, PharmAccess Foundation
  • Ayman Lahlou Cheikh, CEO, Cooper Pharma
  • Dr. Krishna Udayakumar, Director, Duke Global Health Innovation Centre (Moderator)

Panel: Strategic community engagements to strengthen health systems in Africa

  • Tian Johnson, Founder, The African Alliance for HIV Prevention
  • Philana Mugenyi, Government Affairs Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa, Terumo BCT
  • Bright Simons, Founder and President, mPedigree
  • John Amuasi, Founder and Lead, African Research Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases (Moderator)

Debate: Harmonizing regulations to drive investments in vaccine in Africa

  • Dr. David Mukanga, Senior Program Officer Regulatory Affairs, Africa Systems, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Dr. Thomas Nyirenda, Strategic Partnerships & Capacity Development Manager, EDCTP
  • Mrs. Delese Mimi-Darko, CEO, Ghana Food and Drugs Authority
  • Dr. Krishna Udayakumar, Director, Duke Global Health Innovation Centre (Moderator)

6:00 – 7:00PM EAT
Closing Ceremony
For more information and to register for side events, please see here.

Day 0 – 13 December 2021
All day
Virtual Poster Hall open to all registered participants
8:00AM – 1:00PM EAT

Johnson & Johnson: COVID-19 vaccine work in Africa & implementation partnership with the AU

Chatham House: A Practical Perspective on Decolonizing Global Health

University of Southern California: Findings from the Mental Health and Wellness (MEHEWE) Study

2:00 – 7:00PM EAT

Africa CDC: African Women leaders in public health through history

Africa CDC: Africa CDC National Public Health Institutes

COVID GAP: Joint Convening to Accelerate Global COVID-19 Vaccinations

Bohemian Smartlytics Limited: Leveraging technology to transform HIV care and management – SmartHIV Solution

Day 1 – 14 December 2021
8:00AM – 2:00PM EAT

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Dalberg, Pandemic Action Network and Resolve to Save Lives: Prepared to Respond: COVID-19 Lessons for the Next Health Emergency (P2RF)

AfroChampions: Global financing for Trusted Health Innovation Showcase

Amref: The State of UHC in Africa Report: Reflections on our progress and recommendations moving forward

Global Health Network: Connecting Excellence in Data Science across Africa

7:00 – 8:30PM EAT

University of Toronto:
Networks and partnership in LMIC: building reciprocal global health partnerships

Practical Private Sector Lessons for Strengthening Health Systems in Africa

Innovative Approaches and Partnerships to Address Current and Future Health Threats in Africa: A humanitarian perspective

African Alliance:
The Ongoing Struggle for Health Equity and Justice in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Day 2 – 15 December 2021
8:00 – 10:30AM EAT

AHF: Africa Leadership on a new Global Public Health Convention

AfroPHC: Role of youth in Primary Healthcare (PHC) strengthening during the COVID-19 pandemic

High Commission for COVID-19 of Guinea-Bissau/CPLP: Ministerial Side Event – Management of COVID-19 and Lessons Learned

PIH: Respond, Recover, Reimagine​: Building equitable, resilient health systems in the context of COVID-19​ on the African continent​

Day 3 – 16 December 2021
8:00 – 10:30AM EAT

CEPI: Vaccine Research, Development and Manufacturing in Africa: lessons learnt from COVID-19

Equilibre International RDC: Une mi- enquête socio-anthropologique à l’appui de la communication sur le Covid-19 en Afrique Centrale

MMV: Strengthening innovation capacity for public health security in Africa during and beyond COVID-19 – lessons learning from local manufacturing of antimalarials

Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) / ANRS Cameroun: Between vaccine equity and social perceptions of COVID-19 in Central and West Africa

For additional information on plenary speakers, see here.