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Dec 7, 2023   |   Blog Post

Africa CDC Introduces the 5Cs at CPHIA 

By Kat Tillman

Director, Communications

At the 3rd International Conference on Public Health in Africa (CPHIA), the energy was high as attendees engaged in inspiring and idea-rich conversations. This year’s theme was “Breaking Barriers: Repositioning Africa in the Global Health Architecture.”

VillageReach participated by leading various dialogues, plenaries and sessions covering topics such as digital innovation, the value of partnerships, integration of community insights and exploring the potential of African philanthropy

During the opening ceremony, Dr. Jean Kaseya, Director General of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, announced the Africa CDC’s new fundamental principles – the five Cs – to guide the work under the New Public Health Order.

Kaseya confidently stated, “We aim to realize this bold vision and reshape the health care landscape of our continent through a strong emphasis on the 5Cs: Community, Connectivity, Capacity, Collaboration and Climate.”

How do the 5Cs align with VillageReach?

The following are just a few ways:

Climate – Through efforts such as the One Health Programme, Africa CDC is prioritizing disaster readiness to mitigate the risk of climate-related diseases in vulnerable communities, including those that stem from rising temperatures and environmental changes. The cholera outbreak in Malawi and Mozambique due to Cyclone Freddy is just one example of these threats. 

Our work with the Public Health Emergency Operations Center in Mozambique directly addresses the opportunity to strengthen capacity during an emergency.

Community – Africa CDC is addressing the shortage of Community Health Workers (CHWs) by promising an increase of 2 million paid and integrated CHWs by 2030. This is part of their strategy to build resilient communities as they explore ways to prepare for future challenges. 

VillageReach is a Community Health Impact Coalition member, where we advocate for CHWs to be salaried, supplied, skilled and supervised. We have also developed kits as part of our Supply Chain for Community Health Workers program to ensure CHWs have the health products they need.

Connectivity – The future of digital technology was underscored during the conference, as the potential for innovations to design resilient health systems across Africa is boundless.  

At VillageReach, Digital Solutions is a core offering, whether it’s our Health Center by Phone solution, connecting people to health services and getting data to help ministries of health understand population needs, or using tools like M-Vaccin to provide immunization insights to communities and the government, and much more.

Capacity – Building on continent capacity is also part of Africa CDC’s ambitious agenda to ensure that 60% of vaccines are manufactured in Africa. This includes a skilled workforce and new ways of financing. 

VillageReach has the opportunity to help through its innovative ideas, including our work with partners to build a pipeline of Supply Chain Professionals

Collaboration – Multi-sectoral collaboration with partners is vital. No single entity can confront challenges alone. 

VillageReach firmly believes in the importance of collaboration to drive sustained impact, and this understanding is deeply embedded in our DNA. As was quoted during the opening event, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

After four days of networking, plenaries, side events, and abstract sessions, it became clear that the potential for a new model for health care in Africa had energized all the attendees.

It is also clear that we at VillageReach are playing our part in realizing the potential of the 5Cs, as well as doing our part to help shape the landscape of health care in Africa.

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