Africa Healthcare Awards Summit and Awards
Africa Healthcare Awards and Summit (AHAS) 2023 Concept Note. “Pandemic Preparedness and Response (PPR): What this means for Africa’s Health Sector!”
Given that the COVID-19 virus has reached its fourth year since it was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), talks about pandemic preparedness and response (PPR) have been in the air for the past couple of months. Discussions on setting up the Pandemic Fund have seen development partners and other interest groups have candid discussions on what a pandemic-proof world looks like and Africa has not been left out of the discussions.
Pandemics in the past have had catastrophic results not only to man’s life but to the economy and stability of many nations and the health sector has been the most affected. As of 23rd December 2022, the world reported over 651 million coronavirus-confirmed cases and over 6.6 million deaths according to WHO. Though the overall number of African cases reported is fewer than the Global North cases, issues such as vaccine hoarding have seen the African continent get access to the COVID-19 vaccines a bit late. Concerns have been raised on the African continent’s capability of manufacturing its vaccines with the African Medicines Agency (AMA) being hosted in Kigali, Rwanda as a way of trying to curb the manufacturing issue in the continent. AMA will
Though this is a step towards addressing future pandemics and the continent’s power in manufacturing internally, queries about purchasing and supply have been highlighted. AMA is an avenue that will see the African continent reduce its dependency on other countries for its healthcare requirements. Other health hiccups have come into play, such as not having enough medical practitioners in the continent for one reason or another as LMICs struggle to meet the recommended human resources for health threshold recommended by WHO 1:1000 doctor-to- patient ratio. The COVID-19 pandemic painted a picture of the weakness of the health infrastructure in Africa and this is one key area that will be discussed during the upcoming 3rd edition of the Africa Healthcare Awards and Summit (AHAS3).
As discussions around Pandemic Preparedness and Response (PPR) are intensified, Zenith Global Health is providing a platform in Dakar, Senegal from 16th to 17th June 2023 for African countries to discuss what this means for Africa and its people. Under the theme “Pandemic Preparedness and Response: What this means for Africa’s health sector”, we will have thematic sessions that will look at Human resources for health, Manufacturing and supply, and Healthcare Financing with a special focus on partnerships and cross-border disease surveillance in Africa. The PPR discussions will be on the 16th of June 2023 with the Africa Healthcare Awards on the 17th of June 2023 evening.
About Zenith Global Health
Zenith Global Health was founded in 2016 by our President Ms. Mary Akangbe, a British Nigerian
Specialist Nurse Practitioner with over 30 years of experience in the United Kingdom (UK) health
system. Mary’s passion for patients and health systems enabled her to attract support from
diverse colleagues and partners to bring Zenith Global Health’s vision to life.
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