Increasing globalization, urban density, ease of travel, animal movement, environmental changes and habitat overlap between humans and animals, all provide opportunities for the emergence and spread of diseases that adversely impact both human and animal health, prosperity, and food security. COVID-19 and Ebola virus disease are two recent examples of how these various factors have directly impacted Africa. To combat these current outbreaks and get ahead of the next, a One Health approach must be taken.

One Health is a collaborative, multisectoral and transdisciplinary approach used to attain optimal health outcomes for people, animals, plants, and their shared environment. Practically, One Health involves the collaboration between human, animal, and environmental health sectors as well as other relevant stakeholders, in the design and implementation of programmes, policies, legislation, and research intended to achieve better health outcomes for all.

To celebrate and share the various One Health work taking place on the continent, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) hosted a 3-day virtual One Health Conference from 1-3 November 2021. The conference aimed to: 

  • Share best practices and experiences from Member States and partners.
  • Showcase continental One Health research focusing on zoonotic disease surveillance and outbreak response, antimicrobial resistance, food safety, environmental health, and operational research through scientific presentations.
  • Highlight operational tools and guidance documents developed by African Union organs and technical partners like WHO, OIE and FAO.
  • Exhibit opportunities for collaboration or One Health implementation support.
  • Strengthen One Health advocacy and capacity across the AU Member States and Regional networks.

Presenters included representatives from Africa Union Member States, RECs, Africa Union technical agencies, Africa CDC RCCs, research institutions and technical partners. 

ATTENDANCE WAS FREE AND OPEN TO ALL. Registration closed at 9am EAT on Thursday, 28 November 2021.

The conference was livestreamed on the Africa CDC social media channels on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. If you missed the conference, the recordings are availble to view below.

ABOUT AFRICA CDC: The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) is a specialised technical agency of the African Union (AU). Africa CDC’s mission is to strengthen Africa’s public health institutions’ capacities, capabilities and partnerships to detect and respond quickly and effectively to disease threats and outbreaks based on science, policy, and data-driven interventions and programs. Africa CDC realises that a One Health approach is critical for the accelerated implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) to safeguard the socioeconomic and political integration of the continent and to achieve the AU Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want.


The inaugural One Health Conference abstract book was published in the Journal of Public Health in Africa on 3 January 2022. Click here to view the abstract book.

To view a recording of the conference, please click on the applicable video below.

Where applicable, presentations are available to view by clicking on the presentation titles below. Presentations have been shared with the permission of each presenter. The content is owned by each presenter and should not be edited or shared in full or part without their express permission. To request permission, please reach out to info@sbs.co.za.

Organising Committee

The Africa CDC Inaugural One Health Conference  was organised by:

Dr Yewande Alimi
Dr Stephanie Salyer
Mallion Kangume
Yahya Kandeh
Addis Mhiraf
Dr Nafiisah Chotun
Dzety Nadjombe
Farha Hussein Elduma Abdalla
Saint Thomas Joly Ngbonga-Zindoteala

Dr Chadia Wannous
Dr Jay Varma
Dr Misheck Mulumba
Prof Sabiha Essack
Dr Abel Wade
Dr Stephanie Salyer
Dr Peninah Munyua
Dr Hilary Bower
Dr Leon Biscornet
Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka

Dr Annick Mondjo
Dr Dalia Samhouri  
Prof Marietjie Venter
Dr James Wabacha
Dr Jean Whichard
Dr Thumbi Mwangi
Prof Vittorio Colizzi
Dr Ekta Patel
Dr Irene Naigaga
Dr Marc-Alain Widdowson

Dr Bernard Bett
Dr John Bosco Nizeyi
Dr Aaron Bernstein
Dr Babatunde Saka
Dr Veronica Adetunji
Dr Elvis Temfack
Dr Harena Rasamoelina

Contact Us

For conference queries, please contact:

Strategic Business Services t/a SBS Conferences & Exhibitions

+27 (0)71 348 1780
Postal Address:
PO Box 1586, Durbanville, 7551, Cape Town, South Africa

For more information on the Africa CDC One Health Programme:


Meet the Africa CDC One Health Team

Hosted By

The Africa CDC Inaugural One Health Conference was hosted by


in association with