EAC health summit to discuss tobacco control and lifestyle diseases

East African Community Secretary General Dr. Richard Sezibera. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

Tobacco control and the rapid rise of non-communicable diseases are among the major topics that will feature during the fourth East African Community (EAC) Health and Scientific Conference in Kigali, Rwanda next week.

The three-day event will be held alongside an International Trade Fair and Health Exhibition from March 27 at the Kigali Serena Hotel, the EAC Secretariat said in a press release on Wednesday.

Other topics to be discussed include integrated disease surveillance and disaster preparedness in the region, HIV/Aids, gender-based violence and health environmental aspects.

Themed Regional Health Priorities and Opportunities: Evidence for Action in the Changing Global Financial Situation, the conference will be attended by 200 policy makers, health experts and representatives of development partners currently supporting EAC in health matters.

World Bank Lead Health Specialist, Prof Khama Rogo, and European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) executive director, Prof Charles Mugone, will deliver keynote addresses that will also be attended by health researchers, scientists and policy-makers from all over the world.

“The EAC is cognisant of the need for joint collaboration in strengthening regional cooperation on health and specifically in the area of health research,” says EAC secretary general, Dr Richard Sezibera.

According to him, the forum will provide a platform for promoting evidence-based health policy formulation.

The 4th Annual East African Health and Scientific Conference will be preceded by a Joint Meeting of Health Professional Boards and Councils from March 25-26 and an Ordinary Meeting of the EAC Sectoral Council on Health on the same dates.

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