Africa CDC Youth Pre-Conference on the Margins of the 2nd Annual International Conference On Public Health In Africa (Fully Funded to Kigali, Rwanda)

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Application Deadline: 22 November 2022

The International Conference on Public Health in Africa (CPHIA) is an annual Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) conference that aims to place public health at the center of the continent’s Agenda 2063- the Africa we want. The inauguration conference, CPHIA 2021, bought together over 12,000 public health stakeholders from across the continent and the world to share scientific findings, collaborate on research and implementation and chart a shared course towards a more secure future for Africa. Africa CDC will convene a Youth Pre-Conference on 10 – 11 December 2022 in Kigali, Rwanda prior to its 2nd Annual International Conference on Public Health in Africa (CPHIA) 2022.

Civil society and young people play a crucial role in African countries in promoting public health and reaching communities. With African youth constituting over 65% of the continent’s population, their meaningful engagement has the potential of positively impacting Africa’s health security. Therefore, their structured and systematic engagement in the conversation on public health in Africa is key. Acknowledging this, Africa CDC will convene a Youth Pre-Conference on 10-11 December 2022 in Kigali, Rwanda prior to its 2nd Annual International
Conference on Public Health in Africa (CPHIA) 2022. The aim is to kick-start a long-term strategic engagement between Africa CDC and young people, to advance the full implementation of the NPHO and thereby, drive health security in Africa and globally.

This Youth Pre-Conference will take place in-person and participants are invited to participate at the CPHIA 2022 (13-15 December 2022) to engage in the conversation on the theme: meaningful youth engagement for advancing sustainable health security in Africa. Africa CDC is therefore announcing a call for applications for young public health professionals who are interested in participating in this conference.


  • The conference will target young people 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.
  • Age: 18 – 35

Expected Outcome

  • Inauguration of a long-term and institutionalised youth engagement framework to advance the full implementation of the NPHO and
    thereby, drive health security in Africa and globally.
  • Mapping of youth engagement in public health and actionable recommendations to enhance their contributions to public health and
    health security in Africa.


Africa CDC will cover all travel related costs of participants, with support from its partners

The Pre-Conference

  • 2 days pre-conference in Kigali, Rwanda, prior to the CPHIA 2022 (10-11 December 2022).


  • Workshops and capacity development sessions on the AU COVID-19 Bingwa Initiative
  • Presentations and TEDx style sessions
  • Cultural events
  • Showcases, Networking and exhibition spaces

Selection Criteria

  • The application will be open until 22 November 2022 05:00 pm EAT. The selected applicants will be notified by 28 November 2022.
  • Detailed information about their participation and the agenda will be available by 05 December 2022.

How to Apply

  • 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

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Africa CDC Youth Pre-Conference

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