Building Resilient and Sustainable Public Health Systems in Africa through Field Epidemiology Training

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Chima J. Ohuabunwo

Executive Director
African Field Epidemiolgy Network (AFENET)

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
It is a great pleasure and an honor to extend to you a warm invitation to attend the 7th AFENET Scientific Conference, to be held from 11 - 16 November 2018 at the Joaquim Chissano Conference Center, Maputo, Mozambique.

The 2018 Conference is jointly organized by the National Institute of Health (INS) under the Mozambique Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Mozambique FELTP. The theme of the Conference “Building resilient and sustainable public health systems in Africa through Field Epidemiology Training” with topics that will strengthen the need for collaboration amongst public health experts with vast professional backgrounds.

The Mozambique FELTP is among 16 Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programs (FELTPs) in over 31 African countries The biennial AFENET is a platform for FELTP residents and graduates to share and advance public health through sharing their field experiences and research during their two year, intermediate as well as frontline training in applied epidemiology. The Conference draws over 600 participants from Africa.

Our highly interactive plenary sessions and workshops give you an insight into the work that is being done by FELTPs in Africa. We also will host a Ministerial Round Table with Ministers of Health and representatives from over 10 African Countries to discuss the declarations of the Abuja Declaration and set new targets for the next period.

The conference will provide a wonderful forum for you to refresh your knowledge base and explore the innovations in public health. The Conference will strive to offer plenty of networking opportunities.


Ilesh V. Jani

Director General
Instituto Nacional de Saúde (National Institute of Health)

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the 7th AFENET Scientific Conference. The public health community in Mozambique is very pleased to host this first AFENET conference to be held in a non-English speaking country.

This AFENET Scientific Conference takes place at a time when the Continent continues to navigate through numerous public health challenges in its course towards attaining health and well-being for all Africans. The Conference has an exciting scientific program in support of our conviction that Field Epidemiology Training Programs are key to improving Public Health Systems throughout Africa. The Conference program also includes opportunities for field visits and informal peer-to-peer discussions, so that delegates benefit from a more comprehensive and rewarding scientific experience.

Welcome to the 7th AFENET Scientific Conference in Maputo, Mozambique.


Cynthia Semá Baltazar

Head of Surveillance Department, INS | Mozambique FELTP Program Director

As your hosts, we extend a warm and special welcome to the 7th AFENET Scientific Conference.

A strong, resilient and sustainable public health system is essential to respond to global and regional disease threats and public health emergencies. This year’s AFENET conference will bring approaches to building sustainable and resilient health systems that are responsive to emerging infectious disease threats and public health emergencies. This conference will be an opportunity to network, exchange experiences, share expertise and transform current understandings to benefit the African Epidemiologist Community.

Please enjoy the conference and we look forward to seeing you all there.


 

About the AFENET Conference

The African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) in collaboration with Mozambique’s National Institute of Health and the Mozambique Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program are organizing the 7th AFENET Scientific Conference.

The Conference is scheduled for 11-16 November 2018 at the Joaquim Chissano Conference Center, Maputo, Mozambique.

Residents and graduates of field epidemiology training programs (frontline, intermediate and are invited to submit abstracts (in English only) for consideration.

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About AFENET



The African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) was established in 2005 as a non-profit organization and networking alliance of African Field Epidemiology (and Laboratory) Training Programs (FELTPs), and other applied epidemiology training programs. AFENET is dedicated to helping ministries of Health in Africa build strong, effective, and sustainable programs with capacity to improve public health systems partnering with global public health experts. The network’s goal is to strengthen field epidemiology and public health laboratory capacity to contribute effectively to addressing epidemics and other major public health problems in Africa.

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AFENET operates in 31 African countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

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About National Institute of Health (INS)



Mozambique’s National Institute of Health (INS) established in 1991 as an institution within the Ministry of Health. INS generates technical-scientific information in the area of health so that decisions in the health sector can be based on evidence. Major functions include:

so that decisions in the health sector can be based on evidence. Major functions include:
  • Laboratory science
  • Research
  • Disease Surveillance and Surveys
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Outbreak investigation
  • Training, comunication and information for health

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Call for Abtracts

The African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) in collaboration with the National Institute of Health, Mozambique and the Mozambique Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program are organizing the 7th AFENET Scientific Conference to be held at the Joaquim Chissano Conference Center, Maputo, Mozambique from November 11-16, 2018.

This year’s conference is under the theme “Building Resilient and Sustainable Public Health Systems in Africa through Field Epidemiology Training.” The conference provides a platform for the Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) residents and graduates, the global and regional public health community as well as multi-lateral agencies to present and share experiences in field epidemiology and other facets of the global health security agenda

Residents and graduates of FETPs in Africa (Advanced, Intermediate and Frontline) are invited to submit abstracts through their Program Directors/Resident Advisors. FETP 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.

Abstracts should cover original field investigations or projects undertaken and completed during training and within the past two years (i.e. not earlier than 1 January 2016) and should not have been published in any peer reviewed journal previously, or presented at an international conference/meeting. Of particular interest are abstracts in the following areas: outbreak investigations, implementation and evaluation of public health programs or surveillance activities, zoonoses and other intervention areas in applied epidemiology or public health practice.

Abstracts and presentations should emphasize how the results were utilized to guide public health action. All abstracts should be submitted online at http://afenet-conference.net before 21st April 2018 at 23:59hrs, EAT. Please follow the link below to find more details on the conference sub-themes under which abstracts can be submitted and the abstract format

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Conference Venue

7th AFENET Scientific Conference will be to be held at the Joaquim Chissano Conference Center, Maputo, Mozambique from November 11-16, 2018.

The Joaquin Chissano International Conference Center is located in Maputo, Mozambique. It offers a beautiful scenery of the ocean waters off the Maputo Bay. Specifically, the JCICC is located at Av. Marginal near 4441 and in their vicinity; there are hotels and restaurants that specialize in making delicious & diverse meals, clinics, supermarkets, travel agencies, banks, exchange houses, among other facilities.

The JCICC offers a variety of room choices to cater for your needs, including a Grand Plenary Hall with a capacity for 1000 delegates. It also has two beautiful, glass walled, banqueting rooms set in the garden creating the perfect atmosphere and scenery for elegant cocktails, dinners and other events. This is the perfect destination for the 7th AFENET Scientific Conference.

Travel Advisory

Visa requirements

  • Valid passport with at least six months validity and at least three (3) or more blank pages.
  • Photocopy of the main passport page(s).
  • Two (2) colour passport photos.
  • A document to confirm the applicant’s address during his/her time in Mozambique. This may be either a Hotel booking confirmation or an invitation letter from the host in Mozambique, which is required if the applicant will be staying at a private home with his/her family or friends. The invitation letter/Term of Responsibility must be signed by the host and authenticated by an official Notary.
  • Applicants must have a return ticket and adequate funds for the duration of their stay in Mozambique.
  • Visitors with tourist visas are not allowed to engage in any employment (including voluntary work) while in Mozambique.
  • For Business Visas it is also required a letter of invitation from the official or business institution in Mozambique, or a Term of Responsibility from an official or business institution in the United Kingdom if travelling for private business or volunteer activities.
  • For family and friends Visiting Visas, a Term of Responsibility is required. It has to be signed by the host and authenticated by an official Notary.

 

 

Conference Accomodation

AFECC Gloria Hotel, Maputo

Maputo AFECC Gloria Hotel is located along the coastal area and next to the Joaquim Chissano International Convention Center. The geography location of this 5-star hotel is conveniently accessible to the city via a 7 minutes’ drive.

Maputo AFECC Gloria Hotel is directly facing the sea and complemented with well-equipped facilities. Hotel has 258 well-appointed guest rooms with full seaview, a continental restaurant, buffet restaurant, specialty restaurant and Chinese restaurant that serves authentic Cantonese & Anhui Cuisine. Recreational facilities includes, gymnasium, outdoor swimming pool, table-tennis room, snooker room and a squash court.

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Radisson Blue

With a pristine location on the prominent beachside avenue on Maputo beach, the Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence boasts scenic Indian Ocean views. Just 7 kilometers from Maputo city center and Maputo Airport (MPM), the hotel is likewise convenient to business hotspots such as Joaquim Chissano International Conference Centre. Also within reach are popular leisure attractions such as Inhaca Island, Maputo Special Reserve, and Kruger National Park.

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Contact

AFENET Secretariat
Plot 42, Lugogo Bypass
P.O. Box 12874 Kampala

conference@afenet.net

+256-312-700665

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