Aims of APC 2021

Gather Africa’s health innovators: The Congress aims to bring together expert patients, regulators, policy makers and other stakeholders across Africa to reflect upon how we can build back better and co-create innovative solutions for our health systems and work towards UHC 2030 and health for all.

Restore disrupted healthcare services: Fragile health systems have been overwhelmed by COVID -19 and many healthcare services have been disrupted. APC 2021 will share patient experience and recommend strategies to restore the essential health care services, especially those in non-communicable disease, by applying innovative patient co-created solutions.

Ratify African Medicines Agency Treaty:  Since 2017, IAPO’s call for the ratification the African Medicines Agency Treaty has remained unanswered. The APC 2021 wants to ensure that the treaty is ratified, and the future AMA becomes more patient centric by incorporating patient engagement and co-creation in its regulatory framework through law, policy, practice, and standards. Like our Congresses in Europe, we will invite the African Union (AU), African Medicines Agency (AMA) and African Centre for Disease Control (ACDC) to join our APC2021.

Call for Vaccine Equity COVID 19 Vaccination. No one is safe unless everyone is safe. It is important Africa gets all the COVID -19 Vaccines it needs. The APC 2021 will push this message home.

Advance current COVID -19 treatment and services. Can Covid-19 vaccines keep up with an evolving virus? What if the mutations and variants overwhelm us? Can we at least prevent the hospitalisation and the high mortality rates through other medicines? APC 2021 will reflect on WHO Solidarity Trials and repurposed drugs initiatives highlighting how patients can engage with it.

Advocate for the Pandemic Preparedness Treaty. Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal, and South Africa are promoters of a new Pandemic Preparedness Treaty. They have joined 21 other countries around the world and called this new treaty. The APC 2021 will reflect on the pressing need for patient engagement and co-creation in this new African pandemic preparedness framework.