IDRC at the Africa Health Agenda International Conference 2023 in Kigali
Over the last few decades, the magnitude and frequency of epidemics and pandemics around the world has increased. Epidemics like SARS-CoV, H1N1, H5N1, MERS, Ebola and COVID-19 have been devastating — causing significant loss of lives and livelihoods, ravaging economies and healthcare systems and disrupting regional and global health security.
Small- and large-scale infectious disease outbreaks have not only had devastating impacts, particularly for women, children and other vulnerable and marginalized groups, but they have also deepened and exacerbated the existing social and economic inequalities that these groups already face, rolling back decades of advancements.
Within this context, IDRC launched the CAD18 million COHRIE Initiative in 2021. COHRIE contributes to global efforts for equitable epidemic and pandemic prevention and response using an intersectional approach. It supports research that applies a One Health approach to identify, implement and assess potential innovations in policies, programs or practices and it assists countries in improving their prevention, preparation and response to emerging epidemics.
The three research projects that are being supported through COHRIE in sub-Saharan Africa will be presented in a live stream session entitled “The Collaborative One Health Research Initiative on Epidemics in Africa: Implementing intersectoral approaches to strengthen epidemic preparedness and response in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Uganda. In addition, COHRIE’s knowledge mobilization project will present its strategies to facilitate the uptake and use of evidence in national and global programs, policies and practices.
Read the COHRIE brief to learn more about these projects.
Register for free to virtually attend all the livestream sessions of the Africa Health Agenda International Conference, including this session on March 6 at 7:00 am EST/14:00 CAT.