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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 at PrideInn Hotel Mombasa Kenya from 5-10 November 2023. The theme of this year's conference is “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 the global health security. The conference sub-themes are:

  • 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

Residents and graduates of FELTPs in Africa (Advanced, Intermediate, and Frontline), FELTP faculty members, and other public health professionals with scientific work in line with the conference theme/sub-themes were invited to submit abstracts. 775 abstracts were submitted while 436 were accepted after review ( 272 posters, 164 oral presentations). 26 abstracts from residents & graduates of the Kenya FELTP program were accepted to the conference.

Registration for the conference is ongoing. Visit the conference website at for more details. To register for the 8th AFENET Scientific Conference, please visit .

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