Africa is presently at a crossroads to enhance its long-term readiness for future pandemics and health security after two years of emergency mode owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to advance global health security, the African Union Heads of State and Government urged for the full implementation of the New Public Health Order (NPHO) for Africa, which was developed by the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).
Africa CDC will hold a Youth Pre-Conference on December 10–11, 2022, in Kigali, Rwanda, in advance of its 2nd Annual International Conference on Public Health in Africa (CPHIA), in recognition of this. A long-term strategic partnership between Africa CDC and young people is intended to facilitate the complete implementation of the NPHO and, in turn, drive health security in Africa and globally.
- Africa CDC will cover all travel related costs of participants, with support from its partners.
- The conference will target young people, between 18-35 years, with track records of
work/experience and education (at least enrolled as undergraduate) in the areas of medical
science, public health, health technology, as well as public health advocacy, development
cooperation and journalism focused on health etc;
- Representatives should be from youth-led and youth-oriented organisations and networks,
associations, academia or in an individual capacity;
- Interest in public health and engagement as a youth advocate in the area.
- Youth that have also led or engaged in public health related projects, research and initiatives
are invited to apply.
- Youth participants affiliated with a youth-led organisation, network or movement are highly
encouraged to apply.
- Youth participants must demonstrate commitment to public health engagement as an
advocate or a practitioner in the area.
- Other factors such as geographical balance, diverse ideological and professional
backgrounds; gender, ethnic and social diversity, including disability inclusion, will also be
considered in the final selection of participants.
- An independent committee comprising of experts will conduct the selection of participants
for the pre-conference.
- Application documents must provide clear and detailed information about the applicant
including their age, gender, nationality, language, education, values and experience in any of
the following areas: Public health or medical sciences, media or journalism (Health reports),
civil society organisations, public service, and/or community leaders.
- Submission of a written motivation statement briefly detailing why you want to participate in
the Youth Pre-Conference, highlighting the role of the youth in advancing sustainable health security in Africa.
Applicants for the Youth Pre-Conference are expected to fill out the application form online with their
personal information, educational and professional background attaching a:
Statement briefly detailing why they want to participate in the Youth Pre-Conference,
highlighting the role of the youth in advancing sustainable health security in Africa.
- A copy of passport
- A curriculum Vitae