The third International Conference on Public Health in Africa (CPHIA) kicked off with a resounding commitment to bolster collaboration and invest in healthcare, anchored by the theme “Breaking Barriers: Repositioning Africa in the Global Health Architecture.” Reporting from Lusaka, allAfrica’s Melody Chironda highlights the conference’s aim to showcase Africa’s scientific strides and unwavering dedication to health equity.
In a notable moment during the opening ceremony, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), received the esteemed 2023 CPHIA Lifetime Achievement Award in Public Health. The recognition underscores Dr. Tedros’s exceptional commitment to advancing global health and transformative leadership during critical moments.
Dr. Tedros, elected as WHO Director-General in 2017 and the first African in this role, brought a wealth of experience in healthcare policy. His profound belief in accessible and affordable healthcare for all has shaped his leadership, further emphasized during his acceptance of the award at the conference.
The CPHIA conference provides a platform for leaders to deliberate on strategies to propel Africa’s global health agenda, emphasizing collaboration and investment as pivotal tools to overcome challenges and foster health equity on the continent.