Egypt to host 1st Africa Health ExCon as biggest medical exhibition, conference on continent

Ahram Online , Thursday 2 Jun 2022

Egypt is preparing to host the first edition of Africa Health ExCon, the biggest medical exhibition and conference on the continent, in New Cairo from 5-7 June.

Africa Health ExCon


The conference will be held under the slogan "Your Gate to Innovation and Trade" at Al-Manara International Conference Centre in New Cairo district.

The three-day conference, organised by the Egyptian Authority for Unified Procurement (UPA), will see the participation of 2,000 delegates representing government health entities from Africa and the Middle East.

Over 350 companies operating in more than 102 countries will take part in the conference, unveiling the latest medical technologies and outlining the best practices for sustainable healthcare on the continent.

Africa Health ExCon will include 350 sessions and 20 workshops featuring more than 800 international medical speakers and experts.

The conference sessions will showcase the latest technologies in the field of medicine as well as initiatives that support the Africa ExCon as a sustainable platform that connects international healthcare partners together.

In this regard, the conference is set to offer a unique opportunity for global representatives of the healthcare sector to explore innovative medical supplies and equipment as well as other medical fields.

The initiatives to be discussed during the conference include the Egyptian Cervical Cancer Elimination initiative that aims at protecting Egyptian and African women from cervical cancer.

This is in addition to the Egyptian presidential initiative for the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) cases launched in mid-2021.

Sessions of the conference will discuss various topics including medical tourism, public health and population challenges.

Africa Health ExCon will also offer training opportunities in the medical sector through sessions and workshops.

Egypt as Africa’s health tech hub

Africa Health ExCon, which will be held under the auspices of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, will help put Egypt on track to become Africa’s health technology hub, said Bahaa El-Din Zidan, chairman of the UPA.

The conference will also stimulate Egypt’s leadership role in line with its strategic vision and will support the infrastructure development strategies implemented in the African countries to boost the quality of health care services offered to their peoples.

Over the recent years, Egypt has repeatedly affirmed its readiness to support the healthcare system in Africa, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.

In April, the Egyptian government said it is ready to offer all forms of support and facilitation necessary to host the headquarters of the planned African Medicines Agency (AMA) in Egypt.

Last year, Egypt cast the foundation stone for the Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Foundation’s heart centre in Rwanda’s capital of Kigali and also inaugurated the AFRI Egypt Medical Center for Health Care in Uganda’s Jinja.

Egypt, a producer of coronavirus vaccines, has repeatedly affirmed plans to export vaccines to African countries after reaching self-sufficiency. Egypt has also reiterated its calls for equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to African countries.

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