Countries should not reinvent the wheel. Since 2016, ReAct Africa has held an annual conference that brings together key people from multiple countries and CSOs to not only share experiences and best practices, but also the obstacles and failures, to support each other in the development of National Action Plans. Since 2018, ReAct Africa has partnered with South Centre to co-host the annual region conferences. We believe there is strength in partnership.
ReAct Africa- South Centre Conference- 2023
ReAct Africa and South Centre, and have successfully brought together key stakeholders from different countries and sectors to share experiences and best practices in the development and implementation of the National Action Plans on AMR.
This year, the forum reconvened in Lusaka, Zambia from 14th to 16th August and provided a rich and worthwhile experience.
ReAct Africa- South Centre Conference- 2022
The ReAct Africa and South Centre Annual conference was held as a hybrid event from 25-27 July, 2022 in Lusaka Zambia and Virtually on Zoom under the theme; Africa’s response to Antimicrobial Resistance: Accelerating One Health National Action Plans implementation for the next 5 years. Here you find a few key takeaways from the 3-day conference. The conference drew participation from a total of 30 countries.
The Zambia Minister of Health Ms. Sylvia Masebo officially opened the conference that had representation from human, animal and environment sectors.
ReAct Africa- South Centre Conference-2021
ReAct Africa and South Centre hosted the 6th Annual Conference from 30 November to 3 December 2021 under the theme; ‘Progress achieved on the Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance and pandemic preparedness in the African Region’. The 4-day conference was the 2nd virtual conference that brought participation for 47 countries worldwide.
ReAct Africa- South Centre Conference- 2020
React Africa and South Centre hosted their third annual conference from 1st to 4th December 2020, under the theme, “What is the status of the Antimicrobial Resistance National Action Plans in the African Region?” The conference was held as a virtual event due to COVID-19 restrictions on travel and public gatherings.
The four day conference had over 100 participants representing 35 countries and various sectors including, human health, animal health and environmental health. The event also had participation from experts from the regional Tripartite (OIE, FAO & WHO-AFRO), various civil society organizations, International Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance Solutions (ICARS), the World Bank, Fleming Fund and Wellcome Trust among others.
ReAct Africa- South Centre Conference- 2019
The 2019 conference held under the theme “Achieving Universal Health Coverage while addressing Antimicrobial Resistance” had over 120 multi-sector participants from 33 countries. The three day event covered a variety of topics in the context of AMR and efforts towards the attainment of Universal Health Coverage. In regards to the National Action Plans on AMR, the conference revealed that a number of African countries were making progress in the development and implementation process. However, it also highlighted the need to offer technical and financial support to countries in their NAP implementation efforts.
ReAct Africa- South Centre Conference- 2018
The 2018 annual conference brought together 67 participants from 22 African countries. Participants were various stakeholders from the human health, animal health, agriculture and environment sectors – One Health Approach. The three-day meeting identified successes, challenges and recommendations for the implementation of NAPs in relation to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the One Health approach including governance. The conference also provided an opportunity for discussions on the link between SDGs and AMR and how the failure to address AMR would impact attainment of the 2030 Agenda. The ReAct Africa annual conference 2019 will have a theme on Universal Health Coverage in addressing ABR.
ReAct Africa Conference- 2017
The RAN conference, hosted by ReAct African Node (RAN) and EPN had the theme Moving Beyond Antimicrobial Resistance National Action Plans Development to Implementation and was attended by key global leaders on antimicrobial resistance. AMR champions from 14 predominantly African countries gathered in Machakos, Kenya to share experiences and updates on the progress of their implementation of NAPs on AMR.
ReAct Africa Conference- 2016
ReAct Africa held its first ever Annual Conference in October, 2016. The conference was hosted by the Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network (EPN) at Brackenhurst Conference Centre, Limuru, Kenya. The conference was themed “Supporting LMICs in developing NAPs that address the ‘One Health’ approach”, and had representation of 11 African countries which included AMR Focal points at country level, experts from the animal and human health sectors, environmental and agriculture sector, civil society, academia and multilateral partners.