Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Third International Conference on Public Health in Africa Addresses Global Health Challenges


Yesterday marked the commencement of the Third International Conference on Public Health in Africa 2023, inaugurated at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka. Themed ‘Breaking Barriers: Repositioning Africa in the Global Health Architecture,’ the conference provided a vital platform for African leaders to collectively address common health challenges, with a focus on pandemic preparedness for the continent.

President Hakainde Hichilema, in attendance at the opening ceremony, emphasized the critical need for a continental approach to public health, particularly in disease control, prevention, and detection. The interconnected nature of the modern world underscores the absence of territorial boundaries in health, as underscored by the global impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Encouraging collaborative efforts, President Hichilema highlighted the importance of fostering equity and fairness in health outcomes, especially in the realms of research and development, diagnostics, and vaccines. The President noted Africa’s progress in producing Covid-19 vaccines, reinforcing the significance of continental disease preparedness for collective health security.

Delegates and stakeholders from across Africa and even as far as the Caribbean Islands attended the conference, a testament to the global collaboration required to address pressing health issues collectively. President Hichilema warmly welcomed the international participants to Zambia.

On the sidelines of the conference, President Hichilema engaged in bilateral talks with Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). The discussions covered key topics ranging from access to safe water and sanitation to support for local manufacturing of medicines and vaccines in Zambia.

President Hichilema also took a moment to celebrate Dr. Tedros for being awarded the Africa CDC Lifetime Achievement in Public Health. Describing him as a true champion of global health, President Hichilema extended his congratulations to Dr. Tedros for his significant contributions.

The Third International Conference on Public Health in Africa 2023 aims to be a catalyst for collaborative efforts, paving the way for comprehensive and sustainable solutions to global health challenges.


  1. Zambia need to host many such events. Its a source of income for the private sector and it puts the country on the map. The embassies must be fighting to host such. Lusaka was literally full to capacity

    • @Ben. How old are you? Zambia has hosted many many conferences larger than this one. Ever heard of ICASA, which is being held in Zimbabwe next week? That conference, which was held in Zambia when Nkandu Lou was Minister of health, will be more than 5 times larger than this one.

      Just time your k@ demi god to channel his energies to fixing the broken economy not commissioning this and that old project, opening this and that ceremony and flying out to attend this and that pointless summit.

    • Now? Zambia was the centre of the world when it led the Frontline States. Just Google Eddie Grant the British Guyanese singer and listen to the song “Living on the frontline”. It was sung for Zambia after he had visited the country. My Brazillian wife who comes from near the Guyanese border decided to visit Zambia after listening to Grant. And thats how we met in Livingstone

    • Yes, British singer Thompson did a cover this century. Eddy’s was in 1980 I think. They both sound the same. Grant also sings in Bemba on Hello Africa. Zambia didnt need to make noise to be highlighted in those days. Now perhaps we need to have Presidents who travel a lot to be noticed

  2. This is progressive; however, Zambia should focus on the domestic agenda more than these events. Indeed they yield results in the long term, but you cannot solve current problems with future solutions. That said, there is a constant blogger named @Kaizar who is a closeted double-swinger. Kaizar had a 10-month relationship with John Mwangwi, a Kenyan door bouncer at Spice Night Club in Nairobi following a one-night stand where Kaizar was penetrated in the bathrooms of the club. Kaizer was heard by the patrons explaining to John that “it was nice but it was painful”. Kaizar then bought the CCTV from that club for $5,000.


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