Monday, September 25 2023 & Tuesday, September 26 2023

02 Days – 01 Theme
86 Speakers
14 Sessions – 03 Panels

Republic of Senegal

President Macky Sall hails progress in the fight against communicable diseases and calls for intensifying the fight against non-communicable diseases in Africa. He will be attending

African Union

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) & injuries and mental health conditions constitute a serious impediment to achieving the vision of Agenda 2063 to build an integrated, prosperous, and peaceful Africa driven by its own citizens.

World Health Organization

NCDs threaten progress towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes a target of reducing the probability of death from any of the four main NCDs between ages 30 and 70 years by one third by 2030.

NCDs Alliance

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) – mainly cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes – are the #1 cause of death and disability worldwide.

Low funding for medical research in Africa

It comes almost exclusively from developed countries;

Research topics are chosen by funding countries rather than by African countries themselves;

90% of the funds allocated to medical research on the continent are still devoted to infectious diseases, even though non-communicable diseases are the leading cause of death in Africa.

It’s time !

Research funding in Africa must reflect the epidemiological transition taking place on the continent.

African doctors should be able to choose the diseases they wish to work on, create and carry out the studies and tests of their choice, analyse, publish and benefit from the results themselves.

The Dakar Call

To raise awareness of these issues, we will be organising The Dakar Call conference, sponsored by the Presidency of the Republic of Senegal, on 25 and 26 September 2023,
on the theme:



– Disease management: situation, challenges and prospects.
– Research on NCDs: assessment of the situation in Africa.
– The response of the African Research Network.

  • New approaches to financing
  • The response of the African research network
  • A growing community
  • Objective of ARN
New approaches to financing

This scientific meeting will bring together the academic and global health communities, funding bodies (development agencies, private sector), ministries of higher education, research and innovation, ministries of health, deans and scientists from the countries in the ARN network.

The response of the African research network

To enable the production of high-quality global health research in Africa and train the next generation of international research leaders, in 2018 we established the African Research Network.

A growing community

The ARN is a growing community of cardiologists, epidemiologists and pharmacists from 37 medical centres and 14 universities in 20 sub-Saharan African countries, and there’s more to come!

Objective of ARN

Our aim is to produce meaningful data to minimise the unknowns around the prevalence and aetiology of non-communicable diseases in Africa. RNA’s work is regularly published in leading global health journals and includes studies on rheumatic heart disease, sickle cell disease, epidemiological transition, the quality of cardiovascular and anti-diabetic drugs, severe hypertension and acute rheumatic arthritis.


The conference on non-communicable diseases brings together leading figures in the field of health and research. These experts are committed to the fight against non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases.

H.E. Azali


President of the African Union (President of the Union of the Comoros)

H.E. Macky


President of the Republic of Senegal

Dr. Tedros Adhanom


Director-General of the World Health Organization

Dr. Denis


Gynaecological surgeon, Nobel Peace Prize 2018

We created the African Research Network to support the innovative research programmes of African scientists and to bring about significant changes in the understanding of the prevalence and aetiology of non-communicable diseases in Africa.

Prof. Diop, Prof. Jouven, and Dr. Gaye, co-fondateurs of ARN

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