CEPI and Africa CDC to host panel event at TICAD 7

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How can we strengthen epidemic preparedness and response in Africa?

This is the topic CEPI and the Africa CDC will be exploring on Wednesday, August 28, at the seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 7).

We will be hosting a high-level panel event to discuss the challenges of epidemic preparedness in Africa and how CEPI, the Africa CDC, and its partners in Africa can and should be working together.

To help us examine this important topic, we will be joined by a wide range of expert panellists including:


    Richard Hatchett (CEO of CEPI)


    Richard Hunlede (IFRC Head of Delegation and Permanent Representative to the African Union and International Organizations)


    John Nkengasong (Director of Africa CDC)


    Muhammed Ali Pate (Global Director for Health, Nutrition and Population at the World Bank Group and Director of the Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents at The World Bank)


    Rajeev Venkayya (President of the Global Vaccine Business Unit at Takeda)


    H. E. Dr. Lia Tadesse (State Minister, Ministry of Health, Government of Ethiopia)

We will also be joined by guest speakers from both the African Union and the Government of Japan:


    Her Excellency Amira Elfadil Mohammed Elfadil (Commissioner for Social Affairs, Africa Union Commission)


    Dr Yasuhiro Suzuki (Chief Medical and Global Health Officer and Vice-Minister for Health in MHLW, Government of Japan)

Register your interest

If you're attending the TICAD 7 conference in Yokohama this year, why not stop by join us?

Register your interest here.


1030 am to 1200 pm; Wednesday, August 28, 2019


Room B07 (in Exhibition Hall B), Pacifico Yokohama, Yokohama city, 1-1-1, Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama 220-0012, JAPAN.

What is TICAD?

TICAD (Tokyo International Conference on African Development) is a summit-level international conference focusing on development in Africa. Created in 1993 by the Government of Japan, TICAD promotes policy dialogue between leaders of African countries and development partners on pressing issues facing Africa, such as economic development, poverty, and conflict.

TICAD is co-organised by the Government of Japan, the United Nations, the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, and the African Union Commission. Its stakeholders include all African countries and development partners, including international and regional organisations, partner countries, the private sector, and civil society organisations.

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