COVID-19: Early lessons from Africa

Medical staff prepare to screen passengers at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport

Thursday, April 23
8:00–9:00am EDT


Starting time: 1pm Abuja; 2pm Pretoria; 3pm Addis Ababa

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and FHI 360 are convening a virtual panel of global experts to discuss the state of pandemic preparedness in Africa, COVID-19 prevention steps already underway and local solutions to mitigate the pandemic’s impact.



How is Africa adapting global guidance to leverage existing health programs and accommodate local realities and context, especially in regard to 1) testing policy; 2) the use of community health care professionals; and 3) social distancing in informal, peri-urban settlements.

Event program


  • Dr. Doris Macharia, Regional Director, East and Southern Africa, FHI 360

Special presentation of FHI 360’s experience in Wuhan, China:

  • Dr. Li Ling, Project Director, Control and Prevention of Tuberculosis (CAP-TB), FHI 360


  • Dr. Ahmed Ogwell Ouma, Deputy Director, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Prof. Gavin Churchyard, Group CEO, The Aurum Institute
  • Prof. Alash’le Abimiku, Executive Director, International Research Centre of Excellence, Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria
  • Dr. Otto Chabikuli, Director, Global Health, Population and Nutrition, FHI 360
This event is made possible by:

Media Inquiries

For any questions about the event, reach out to our FHI 360 media contact.
Allison Bozniak
Associate Director, Corporate and Regional Communications
Photo credit: Luke Dray/Getty Images