1st Conference on Public Health in Africa

The inaugural Conference on Public Health in Africa (CPHIA), hosted by the Africa CDC and the African Union, is a three-day conference held on 14–16 December 2021 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.

Side event: Diagnostic action planning for SARS-CoV-2 variant detection and response, 17 December 2021, 11:30–13:00 EAT | 09:30–11:00 CET

The emergence of Omicron has again highlighted the impact of inequitable access to the tests, treatments and vaccines to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. In this session, we will hear from those on the frontlines of detecting and responding to the emergence of this latest SARS-CoV-2 variant in South Africa and Botswana, review lessons learned from Omicron, Delta and prior variants, and discuss what is needed to manage the emergence of future variants.

View the recording here.


Abstract-driven session: 16 December 2021, 13:00–14:30 EAT
Title: Using a digital health solution to support Antigen RDT (AgRDT) testing for COVID-19 at taxi ranks in Johannesburg, South Africa
First author: Mohammed Majam (Ezintsha)
Co-authors: Paula Akugizibwe (FIND), Rigveda Kadam (FIND), Sanjida Karim (FIND)


Conference programme