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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) is hosting a 3-day virtual One Health Conference from 1-3 November 2021. The conference aims to: 

  • Share best practices and experiences from Member States and partners.
  • Showcase continental One Health research focusing on zoonotic disease surveillance and outbreak investigations, 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 will include representatives from Africa Union Member States, RECs, Africa Union technical agencies, Africa CDC RCCs, research institutions and technical partners. 


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.



In support of strengthening One Health across the continent, Africa CDC is holding this three-day inaugural conference to share best practices and experiences from Member States and partners; showcase continental One Health research through scientific presentation; 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; and strengthen One Health advocacy and capacity across the AU Member States and Regional networks.

We welcome abstract submissions that showcase One Health research on the African continent. All abstracts must be original and focus on one of the following One Health topics:

  • Zoonotic disease surveillance or outbreak investigations
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Food safety
  • Environmental health
  • Operational research

Presentations will be limited to 15 minutes of which 5 minutes should be allowed for introductions and attendee questions.

Abstracts should be submitted online in English or French before 15 September 2021.

Notification of acceptance will be made by 15 October 2021.



Registration for the Africa CDC Inaugural One Health Conference is is FREE and open to anyone interested in or involved in the field of One Health.

If you have a scheduling conflict or even miss a session because you were late to register or had a last minute deadline or meeting you could not miss, don’t worry – you will continue to have access to all session recordings and speaker presentations, so you will have plenty of time to catch up on all the action you missed.

Registration for the conference is necessary. Registration queries may be submitted to or by calling +27 (0)71 348 1780.

Terms & Conditions:

  • In the event of unforeseen circumstances we reserve the right to cancel or change the dates of the programme.
  • Whilst SBS Conferences & Exhibitions and Africa CDC will take all necessary measures to ensure a seamless virtual event experience for all, as all speakers and delegates are located in different locations, the quality of the experience will be dependent on their respective internet connections. We are also unable to take responsibility for load shedding instituted by Eskom that may limit the experience for participants based in South Africa.

Privacy Policy:

  • The information collected during registration will be used to communicate with you regarding your participation at this conference and/or to share relevant industry-related information, including work undertaken by Africa CDC on behalf of the healthcare sector. You may unsubscribe at any time.

Organising Committee

The Africa CDC Inaugural One Health Conference  is being 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 Mischeck Mulumba
Prof Sabiha Essack
Dr Abel Wade
Dr Anise Happi
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 Dr Widdowson

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

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:


Hosted By

The Africa CDC Inaugural One Health Conference is being hosted by


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