This year’s conference will be held at the Comlan Alfred QUENUM Regional Institute of Public Health in Ouidah (I.R.S.P). It was established in 1977 through a partnership between the World Health Organization and the Government of Benin. The IRSP-CAQ was based in Cotonou until 2001, before moving to its current site in Ouidah in 2002. More than a thousand health executives from various African countries attended the Institute. Most of them play today a decisive role in improving the health of the populations of the African region.