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Ciheb at CPHIA 2021

The 1st International Conference on Public Health in Africa (CPHIA 2021) brings together African researchers, policymakers, and stakeholders to look at how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the advancement of public health in Africa. Ciheb is excited to participate in this inaugural version of the conference in multiple ways with our partners. Learn more about the conference and register here.

CPHIA 2021 Conference Program

Side Event

December 16 (11:00 AM EDT / 5:00 PM WAT / 6:00 PM CAT / 7:00 PM EAT)  

COVID-19 Vaccination Access and Monitoring: Lessons Learned from Kenya and Nigeria

Description: Smaller countries in Africa are achieving higher rates of vaccination than those with larger populations where there are unique barriers to achieving high vaccination rates. This side event focuses on work done to increase access to vaccinations in two of the largest countries in Africa, Nigeria and Kenya, monitoring of the rollout of vaccines in these countries, and use of monitoring data to increase access to vaccinations. Presentation of this work will be followed by a facilitated discussion between the audience and panelists to answer questions, share experiences, and learn from challenges and best practices from other countries and programs.


  • Dr. Willis Akhwale, Chairman, COVID-19 Vaccines Taskforce Kenya, Ministry of Health, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Pharm. Bitrus Fraden, Director, Pharmacovigilance and Post-Market Surveillance, National Agency for Food & Drug Administration & Control (NAFDAC), Nigeria
  • Dr. Nelson Muriu, County Director of Health Services, Nyeri County, Kenya

Registration for the side event is free. To register, click here

Oral Presentations

December 14 (9:30 AM EDT / 3:30 WAT / 4:30 CAT / 5:30 PM EAT)  

Reactogenicity following first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Nigeria 2021

Part of Parallel Session 4: Epidemiology of SARS-COV-2, Virology, Prevention and Clinical Management

Presenter: Dr. Emem Iwara, Senior Surveillance Lead, Ciheb Nigeria

A headshot of doctor Emem Iwara

December 14 (9:30 AM EDT / 3:30 WAT / 4:30 CAT / 5:30 PM EAT)  

SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence across six states of Nigeria, October 2020 and June 2021

Part of Parallel Session 1: Epidemiology of SARS-COV-2, Virology, Prevention and Clinical Management

Presenter: Dr. Kristen Stafford, Deputy Director, Ciheb Global

A headshot of doctor Kristen Stafford

Poster Session


Increasing access to COVID-19 vaccination among high-risk populations in Kisumu County, May 2021

Florence Aketch, Jemima Kibira, Ben Adika, Elizabeth Oele, Jeremiah Ongwara, Fred Oluoch, Christina Mwachari, Emily Koech, Gideon Emukule, Boaz Nyunya




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