Held under the theme, "Breaking Barriers: Repositioning Africa in the Global Health Architecture," the four-day conference has brought together researchers, policymakers, health ministers, among others to share scientific findings, collaborate on research and implementation as well as chart a secure future for the continent.
The conference has also provided a unique platform for the over 5,000 delegates to reflect on lessons learned in health and science and align a way forward for creating more resilient health systems.
Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema underscored the importance of collaboration and leadership at all levels of the health system in Africa.
AFRICAN countries have been challenged to work together in building resilient health systems in the face of emerging health pandemics.
"Public health requires us to work in unison. The thing about health is that there is no territorial ground. You can't say this is my area and will do it my own way," he said.
He also said that collaboration will result in improved efficiency in healthcare delivery even in times when resources are scarce. According to the president, the COVID-19 taught African countries lessons on the importance of working together.
Furthermore, Hichilema stated that leaders in Africa have agreed to work together to ensure that the continent gets the best of vaccines and other medical supplies to avoid what happened during the COVID-19 era when the continent was behind in receiving the vaccines.