November 16, 2018 marks the final day of the successful 7th AFENET Scientific Conference held in Maputo, Mozambique. Announced back in July by the Minister of Health, Honorable Dr. Nazira Karim Vali Abdula, the conference was highly anticipated by Mozambican researchers and scientific innovators. The conference began on November 12th and lasted four days in total.
Mozambique became the first Portuguese and Southern African speaking country to host the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) Conference, and many locals showed their happiness that the conference was held in a non-English speaking country.
The AFENET conference drew in experts from Agriculture, Animal & Fisheries Industry, Environment and Tourism, Ministries of Health, as well as representatives from regional and international areas to discuss public health concerns and advancements in sustainable public healthcare systems in the country and the continent together.
The conference was jointly organized by the Mozambique Field Epidemiology & Laboratory Training Program (FELTP) and in collaboration with the Instituto Nacional de Saude (INS), under the Mozambique Ministry of Health.
Over the four days, the conference featured keynote speakers like Rebecca Martin, PhD, is the Director of the Center for Global Health (CGH) at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the topic of Implementation of the Global Health Security; the Federal Minister of Health, Nigeria, Honorable Professor Isaac Folorunso Adewole on the topic of Building Resilient Health Systems Through FETPs; Dr. Nkengasong, Director of the Africa CDC on the topic of The Role of The Africa CDC in Building Resilient and Sustainable Health Systems in Africa; and several other incredibly qualified scientific innovators.
The conference closed with a Culture Night wherein attendees will be able to appreciate the culture of many different communities as they come together for the advancement of medical sciences and unity.