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The African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) in collaboration with the Kenya Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program is organizing the 8th AFENET Scientific Conference to be held in Mombasa from 5-10 November 2023. This year’s conference is under the theme “Strengthening Public Health Systems in Africa Towards Enhanced Global Health Security: The Role of Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programs”.

The conference provides a platform for the Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (FELTP) residents, graduates, the regional and global public health community as well as multi-lateral agencies to share experiences in field epidemiology and other facets of global health security.

Residents and graduates of FELTPs in Africa (Advanced, Intermediate, and Frontline) are invited to submit abstracts through their Program Directors/Resident Advisors. FELTP faculty members as well as other public health professionals with scientific work that is in line with the conference theme/sub-themes are also invited to submit abstracts.

Conference Themes and Subthemes

The theme for the 8th AFENET Scientific Conference is “Strengthening Public Health Systems in Africa Towards Enhanced Global Health Security. The Role of Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programs.” Subthemes are drawn from various topics that affect public health and health security as shown below.

  • Emerging and re-emerging threats with pandemic potential e.g., COVID 19, Ebola Virus Disease,
  • Outbreak Preparedness, Investigation and Response
  • Point of Entry Surveillance and Cross border collaborations
  • Refugee and Internally Displaced Person’s health issues
  • Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) strengthening, analysis and evaluation
  • Other public health surveillance system assessments and evaluation
  • Polio and Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) surveillance
  • Measles and Rubella Surveillance
  • Recently introduced vaccines in developing countries e.g., COVID 19, nOPV2, IPV, Ebola Virus, Hepatitis B, Rotavirus, Human Papilloma Virus, Yellow fever, Pneumococcal conjugate vaccines etc
  • Surveillance and control of other Vaccine Preventable Diseases
  • Healthcare delivery and prevention models for HIV/AIDS including Antiretroviral therapy, PMTCT /EMTCT, Key/Priority Populations
  • Tuberculosis including drug resistant TB.
  • Other opportunistic infections and malignancies
  • Malaria
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • Other Vector Borne Diseases
  • Cardiovascular Health (Hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases)
  • Cancers
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Road traffic injuries and occupational health/hazards
  • Substance abuse and mental health
  • Chronic rrespiratory illness
  • Sexual and Reproductive health including maternal and obstetric health, family planning, antenatal and postnatal care
  • Adolescent health
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Biosafety and Biosecurity issues
  • Other laboratory system strengthening initiatives.
  • Avian influenza, Zika, Rift Valley Feverand other Zoonotic disease surveillance and response
  • Innovations for one health approach in surveillance and outbreak response
  • Pollution and environmental impact on public health
  • Climate action, Global warming
  • Ecosystem protection and rewilding
  • Climate adaptation and mitigation
  • Public Health Quality Improvement and Quality Assurance
  • Health Policy and Leadership
  • Human Resources for Health including Workforce capacity building and development.
  • Health Financing
  • National Institutes of Public Health Initiatives
  • Innovations in monitoring & evaluation, knowledge management, data use, and reporting
  • Medical Products and Technology
  • e-Surveillance and e-Health
  • Public Health Informatics
  • Digital Health/Telehealth

AFENET about

The African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) is a not-for-profit networking and service organization dedicated to improving health outcomes of the communities we serve in liaison with ministries of health and other partners. Strengthening capacity for public health preparedness and response through Field Epidemiology (and Laboratory) Training Programs {FE(L)TPs}, and other applied epidemiology training programs is one of our core activities.

Established in 2005 with our Secretariat in Kampala, Uganda, we have presence in over 40 countries and at least 700 personnel in various locations.


Date: November 5th to 10th, 2023

Location: Pride Inn Hotel, Mombasa, Kenya

Event: 8th AFENET Conference

Join us for a compelling panel discussion as we shine a spotlight on the invaluable contributions of women in shaping the landscape of public health across Africa. These esteemed panelists, hailing from diverse corners of the continent, have blazed trails, pioneered innovations, and fueled transformative change within their respective fields. From community-centered conservation initiatives to groundbreaking epidemic preparedness efforts, these remarkable women have redefined leadership and ignited progress.

Through engaging discourse, personal anecdotes, and visionary insights, our panelists will delve into the multifaceted dimensions of women's roles in public health. Their journeys serve as inspirations, guiding the way for aspiring health professionals and leaders to make lasting impacts.

Mark your calendars for this illuminating event at the Pride Inn Hotel in the captivating city of Mombasa, Kenya. Let's celebrate the resilience, brilliance, and dedication of women in public health during the 8th AFENET Conference, taking place from November 5th to 10th, 2023. Your presence will enrich the dialogue and contribute to fostering a future where women's contributions in public health continue to flourish.

Agendaof the virtual event schedule

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Pre Conference Workshops

  • Growing Expertise in E-Health Knowledge and Skills (GEEKS) Learn more
  • Immunization Academy: Innovative Approaches to Training in the Post Pandemic World Learn more
  • Introduction to Risk and Crisis Communication Learn more
  • FETP Quality Assurance: Accreditation/AFENET Star Rating System/REDPETT Learn more
  • Youth and Digital Public Health Interventions Learn more
  • GPS Sample- a new rapid offline Android sampling tool Learn more
  • The Art and Science of Peer Review Learn more
  • Advanced FETP NCD Case Study: An Epidemiological Study to Examine Stroke Hospitalizations During the COVID-19 Pandemic Learn more
  • Mortality Surveillance Learn more
  • Environmental Epidemiology and Toxicological Outbreak Investigation Pre-workshop Training Learn more
time iconNovember 6, 2023 08:30

Opening Ceremony

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Plenary Session 1

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Concurrent Oral Session 1

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Concurrent Poster Session 1

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Concurrent Oral Session 2

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Concurrent Oral Session 3

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Concurrent Poster Session 2

time iconNovember 7, 2023 10:30

Plenary Session 2

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Concurrent Oral Session 4

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Plenary Session 3

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Concurrent Oral Session 5

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Cultural Night

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Concurrent Oral Session 6

time iconNovember 8, 2023 09:20

Concurrent Poster Session 3

time iconNovember 8, 2023 11:15

Excursions and Field site visits

time iconNovember 9, 2023 08:00

Concurrent Poster Session 4

time iconNovember 9, 2023 09:05

Concurrent Oral Session 7

time iconNovember 9, 2023 10:40

Plenary Session 4

time iconNovember 9, 2023 14:00

Concurrent Poster Session 5

time iconNovember 9, 2023 15:45

Concurrent Poster Session 6

time iconNovember 9, 2023 17:00

International Night

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Concurrent Poster Session 7

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Plenary Session 5

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Late Breakers

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Plenary Session 6

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Closing Ceremony and Presentation of Awards



Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka

Founder & CEO Conservation Through Public Health
Fostering Conservation and Community Health Synergy

Dr. Rebecca Kinde

Resident Advisor, Togo Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP)
Strengthening Health Systems for a Resilient Togo

Elizeus Rutebemberwa

Linking Field Epidemiology to Laboratory Biosafety and Biosecurity-Going Beyond the Cause of Outbreaks to the Intention

Associate Prof Placide Mbala-Kingebeni

Associate Professor at the University of Kinshasa, School of Medicine, the Head of the Epidemiology and Global Health Division and Director of the Clinical Research Center at the National Institute of Biomedical Research
Overview of Research Studies Conducted on Monkey Pox in the DRC

Dr Raji Tajudeen

Building a Fit-for-Purpose Public Health Workforce to Counter the Next Public Health Threat

Dr. Ebere Okereke

CEO Africa Public Health Foundation
Pioneering Public Health Transformation in Africa

Dr. Endie Waziri

National Coordinator at the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET), Nigeria
Catalyzing Epidemic Preparedness through African Collaboration

Dr. Cynthia Sema

Program Director - Mozambique Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP)
Navigating Health Challenges and Innovations in Mozambique

Dr Abdulaziz Mohammed

Africa CDC’s Strategy for Tackling Mental Health Challenges in Africa

Dr Gine Samaan

WHO-Preparedness and Resilience for Emerging Threat initiative (PRET)

Prof Scott JN McNabb

Research Professor at Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta Georgia, USA and Principal Investigator Africa CDC Institute for Workforce Development
Modernizing Global Health Security to Prevent, Detect and Respond

Dr Sheba Gitta.

Managing Editor - Journal of Interventional Epidemiology and Public Health (JIEPH)

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