Organized by the Africa Centres for Diseases Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) and Virology Education, ICREID is a global platform that will bring together experts from around the world involved in emerging diseases in an interactive conference setting. Being the first to be held on the continent, the organisers invite healthcare professionals, researchers, public health experts and policy makers involved in treatment, research, discovery and development of drugs and vaccines in the field of re-emerging infectious diseases. Presentations include reflections on 100 years of Pandemic Flu and other Emerging Infections and analyses of the World Bank and Pandemic Preparedness. There are also talks on lassa fever, cholera and Rift Valley fever, on health economics in outbreak management and on the standardisation of research ethics during public health emergencies in Africa.
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The Government of Cabo Verde and the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa will jointly host The Second WHO Africa Health Forum on the theme: Achieving Universal Health Coverage and Health Security in Africa: The Africa people want to see. The WHO Africa Health Forum Organizing team, also take this opportunity to call on partners to report on what they have been doing in delivering on the Call-to-Action from The First WHO Africa Health Forum - Putting People First: The Road to Universal Health Coverage in Africa.
Every iteration of AHAIC builds on the success of the previous one to bring more nuance and action to conversations on health in Africa. The 2017 conference, which was held in Nairobi, Kenya, brought together over 1000 stakeholders to discuss systems and innovations needed to enable Africa to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. AHAIC 2019 will convene stakeholders from across sectors and around the world to take forward critical conversations initiated in Nairobi to explore what it will take for Africa to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030. Confirmed speakers include Dr Diane Gashumba, Minister of Health, Republic of Rwanda, Dr. Githinji Gitahi, Group CEO, Amref Health Africa and Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, Regional Director for Africa, World Health Organization.
As part of its editorial programming for 2019-2021, the journal Justice Spatiale | Spatial Justice is opening a permanent call for contribution to its different sections : 1) Focus for peer review papers ; 2) Public Spaces for general interventions, interviews or position papers on issues related to spatial justice; 3) JSSJ Reviews for books reviews. Justice Spatiale | Spatial Justice is an international electronic journal whose concept was born in Nanterre, France, precisely where Henri Lefebvre taught, and this is in no way a coincidence as there is a strong relation between the concept of spatial justice and the Lefebvrian concepts of production of space (“production de l’espace”) and right to the city (“droit à la ville”). The journal Justice Spatiale | Spatial Justice is committed to interdisciplinary approaches and encourages cross-cutting research. Another primary objective is to create sustained linkages between the English-speaking and the French-speaking scientific communities. The journal is therefore completely bilingual. The electronic medium also has the potential to expand the traditional definition of the academic article since it enables the combination of text, images (static and animated) and sounds.
The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) is seeking a highly motivated individual with outstanding technical and managerial capabilities to play a key role in either the Sexual and Reproductive Health and/or Congenital Syphilis programs in South Africa. The Program Manager will shape strategy, manage and provide technical input to a large and growing CHAI team. CHAI works in a fast-paced and results-driven environment. This individual would manage a growing team, at national and provincial levels, and shape CHAI’s engagement. Thus, they should have exceptional communication and analytical skills, be a strong strategic thinker and be able to adapt to differing program needs. CHAI places great value on commitment to excellence, resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, flexibility, independence, energy, work ethic and humility. The Manager will be based in Pretoria, South Africa and report to CHAI South Africa’s leadership team. The Manager’s key responsibilities include, but are not limited to support NDoH in all areas ranging from either sexual reproductive health and/or congenital syphilis; with respect to planning and implementation, ensuring CHAI’s ongoing alignment with the DoH strategic goals and priorities, oversee the translation of objectives provided by the government, donors, and other partner organizations into clear activity plans, and provide guidance to a team and DoH on prioritization of initiatives, manage and establish collaborative relationships with the DoH, suppliers, partner organizations and other relevant stakeholders. The qualifications and requirements for the position will include an advanced degree in a related field such as health economics, public health, financial management, business preferred, 5 to 7 years of professional experience in demanding, results-oriented environments in the public sector and/or private sector, excellent problem solving, analytical and quantitative skills, including attention to detail and experience in modeling using Microsoft Excel among others.
The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) is seeking a highly motivated individual with outstanding technical and managerial capabilities to play a leadership role in the SRMNH program in South Africa. The Senior Program Manager will shape strategy, manage and provide technical input to a large and growing CHAI team across the areas of Sexual Reproductive Health, Maternal Neonatal Health. S/he will work with a range of partners and subject matter experts and report into CHAI South Africa’s leadership team. The Manager will be based in Pretoria, South Africa and report to CHAI South Africa’s leadership team. The key responsibilities will not be limited to the following supervise a team of CHAI staff working at the national and provincial level providing strategic direction, managerial and technical support as well as quality assurance for the portfolio, work with CHAI staff and the government in program areas ranging from sexual reproductive health and maternal and neonatal health, work with CHAI staff and the government in the scale-up of a health services including strategy and design, development and implementation of evidence-based strategic and operational plans, manage senior level stakeholder relationships; coordinate and participate in technical working groups. The qualifications and requirements for the position will include an advanced degree in a related field such as health economics, public health, financial management, business preferred; a clinical background is an added advantage but not required, 7-10 years of professional experience in demanding, results-oriented environments in the public sector and/or private sector, entrepreneurial mindset; demonstrated ability to work independently on complex projects and solve challenging problems, in a high-pressure, fast-paced environment among others.
Ongoing changes in climate, global food production and supply systems affect consumers, industry and the planet itself. These changes can have an impact on food safety systems and pose sustainability and development challenges. This is a pivotal moment demanding urgent reflection on actions needed to bolster food safety -the impetus for the two international meetings. At the Addis Ababa Conference, priorities will be discussed so that food safety strategies and approaches can be aligned across sectors and borders, reinforcing efforts to reach the SDGs and supporting the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition. Strategic actions will be defined through Ministerial panels involving health, trade and agriculture officials and experts thematic sessions covering the topics of: the burden of foodborne diseases and the benefits of investing in safe food; safe and sustainable food systems in an era of accelerated climate change; science, innovation and digital transformation at the service of food safety; empowering consumers to make healthy choices and support sustainable food systems. The conference will result in a high-level political statement advocating for increased and better coordinated collaboration and support to improve food safety globally.
Africa Health gathers innovations in healthcare, from state-of-the-art imaging equipment to the most cost-effective disposables; developments in surgery to advances in prosthetics, coming in from more than 40 countries. The show is free to visit if one registers before 28 May 2019. Accompanying the exhibition is a number of business, leadership and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) conferences and workshops providing the very latest updates and insights into cutting edge procedures, techniques and skills.
The current economic boom in many sub-Saharan countries is accompanied by an unprecedented increase in noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) due to industrial pollution, including pesticides. While local and international mobilizations call for more stringent pesticide control measures, African governments often refrain from adopting and enforcing strict regulations – considered as potential obstacles to “development”. This interdisciplinary conference aims at laying the foundations for a long-term scientific cooperation between African and European scholars on the management of pesticide-related occupational and environmental health hazards in Africa. It aims at exploring the trade-offs between production and prevention that underlie the expansion of chemical-intensive agriculture on the continent, to understand the relations between technique, knowledge and power that condition the inclusion of African populations in the globalized economy, and to grasp the resulting health and environmental inequalities.
Mandela Institute for Development Studies is looking for individuals with a Pan-African outlook, strong leadership potential and a track record of academic excellence. Applications must demonstrate these elements convincingly. Mandela Institute for Development Studies encourages applicants to consider universities that are outside of South Africa. There are two scholarships available for South African citizens wishing to study elsewhere in Africa for studies that relate to Actuarial Sciences, Business Sciences and Accounting. Applicants who wish to conduct such studies at any of the South African, Kenyan and Nigerian institutions that are on the preferred list are encouraged to apply. There is no deadline for submission. Applicants - who meet the criteria - should apply as soon as they have all supporting documents needed submit the application. Mandela Institute for Development Studies will review applications as they are submitted and aim to award scholarships per different university cycles on the continent.