The Honorable Minister of Health, Mozambique Dr Nazira Karim Vali Abdula, on Wednesday 3 July 2018 announced that the Mozambique government will host the 7th AFENET Scientific Conference and 3rd Ministerial Round Table meeting to be held in November 2018. The minister, as the Chief Host for both events , will launch the Maputo declaration 2018.
The Ministerial Round Table (MRT) is a platform for Ministers of Health to discuss public health workforce development towards advancing the cause of public health in Africa. Previous MRT sessions, were held in Dar es Saalam, Tanzania and Abuja, Nigeria.
In the two previous MRT sessions, the Ministers of Health made resolutions to: Adopt Field Epidemiology (and Laboratory) Training Programs for public health workforce development , develop career pathways for FE(L)TP graduates, develop plans for improved workforce retention especially in the public sector, dialogue with Legislators for additional funding for public health workforce development, develop sustainable and innovative in-country funding mechanisms to support both FE(L)TPs and AFENET, establish a continental “Rapid Response Corp” and to expand field epidemiology training to all countries in Africa.
The MRT will be held on 12 November 2018 during the 7th AFENET Scientific Conference that will be held from 12 – 16 November 2018 at the Joaquim Chissano Conference Center, Maputo, Mozambique. The Conference is organized by AFENET in collaboration with the Instituto Nacional de Saude (INS), under the Mozambique Ministry of Health.
The conference is themed: “Building resilient and sustainable public health systems in Africa through Field Epidemiology Training”, attracting experts from Ministries of Health, Agriculture, Animal & Fisheries Industry, Environment and Tourism, as well as representatives from regional and international.
Mozambique will be the first Southern African and Portuguese speaking country to host the AFENET Conference. This is an opportunity for the country to show case work in Public Health and other scientific milestones. These two events, will be transformative and instrumental to key public health development in Africa.