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Join us for an insightful discussion about the road ahead for a continental pandemic preparedness strategy.

Amidst the looming risk of respiratory pandemics, PANTHER (PANdemic preparedness plaTform for Health and Emerging infections Response) emerges as a vital force. One year after its launch, PANTHER will propose an advanced strategy in preparation for a respiratory outbreak that is built on previous experiences. The session will dive deep into administrative and scientific strides made: Moving from ANTICOV to broader disease trials, keeping research sites agile and vigilant, proactive collaboration with regulatory bodies, and crucially, securing the financial armory to fight pandemics. Participants will be able to engage with Africa’s leaders as they lay bare the challenges, triumphs, and road ahead.


Dr. Bernhards Ogutu, Chief Research Officer at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and PANTHER Board Member (Chair)

Dr. Jean Kaseya, Director-General of Africa-CDC

Dr. Priya Basu, Executive Head of the Pandemic Fund at the World Bank

Prof. Samba Sow, Director General of the Center for Vaccine Development in Mali and President of PANTHER Board

Prof. Agnès Binagwaho, Former Minister of Health for the Republic of Rwanda & Co-Founder and Former Vice Chancellor at the University of Global Health Equity

Prof. Francine Ntoumi, Board member of PANTHER

Dr. Portia Nkambule, Chief Regulatory Officer, South African Health Products Regulatory Authority

Dr. Oumou Maiga Ascofare, Group Leader of the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Research Group at Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research


This event will be live-streamed.



The International Conference on Public Health in Africa (CPHIA) is an annual conference organized by Africa CDC that provides a unique African-led platform for leaders across the continent to reflect on lessons learned in health and science, and align on a way forward for creating more resilient health systems.

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