The 2nd Amaka Chiwuike-Uba Annual Asthma Conference

According to World Health Organisation (WHO), outdoor air pollution is a major environmental health problem affecting everyone in developed and developing countries and consequently, by reducing air pollution levels, countries can reduce the burden of disease from stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, and both chronic and acute respiratory diseases, including asthma.


Currently, air pollution is responsible for more than 12million deaths per year and deaths due to non-communicable diseases, such as asthma, stroke, heart disease, cancer and other respiratory illness is about 8.2 million or nearly two-thirds of the deaths resulting from unhealthy environments.


In addition to air pollution, poor infrastructural and human resources capacity issues traceable to poor governance have been identified as increasing morbidity and mortality associated with non-communicable diseases. A clear example of governance failure is the continuous and continuing gas flaring, and increasing outdoor and indoor pollution in Nigeria. Painfully, as at 2015, Nigeria was rated as the most polluted country in the world.


Furthermore, the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets ---SDG 3 (Good health and well-being), SDG 6 (Clean water and Sanitation), SDG 7 (Affordable clean energy), SDG 13 (Climate action), SDG 14 (Life below water) and SDG 16 (Peace, Security and Strong Institutions) is dependent on the environment and governance outcomes. Governance is core to sustainable environment and development.


Therefore, in realization of challenges and the need to address these key components of health management, the 2nd Amaka Chiwuike-Uba Annual Asthma Conference is being organized brainstorm and articulate solutions to the problems.


Objectives of the Conference

The overall objective of the Conference is to provide a platform/forum to identify, brainstorm and share information on the linkages between governance and environment, the environmental exposures/triggers, interventions and treatment of asthma as well as the overall implications of governments (in)action and governance outcomes on the environment and asthma management.


The Conference will, amongst other things, help to:


·        Identify the linkages between governance and environment and the overall impact of government (in)action and governance outcomes on environmental exposures and respiratory diseases;


·        Develop a comprehensive knowledge base on linkages between governance and environmental exposures (climatic factors) and various Governance and Environmental interventions for better breathing and better living;


·        Discuss, identify and propose policy actions and ways forward to recognize environment as a critical part of sustainable development and its mainstreaming in all policies, programmes, activities and funding decisions of State and Non-state actors.


·        Assess the means of implementation of SDGs and recommend governance innovations for effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs 3, 6, 7, 13, 14, and 16) to improve overall health and well-being of Nigerians;


·        Develop action plans and make policy recommendations to government to promote good governance and friendly environments for health management in Nigeria.


Description of the Main Activities

The Conference will feature a keynote paper presentation on the theme of the Conference and other targeted presentations on environmental exposures and governance on asthma management. The presentations will be followed by a series of discussions and analyses by a select group of discussants/experts who will respond to the presentations from their own base of knowledge, experience and expertise.


Audience interaction will be the next phase of the Conference, and will involve a dedicated time for questions, reactions and comments from the floor. The presenters and discussants/experts will have the opportunity to respond to as many questions as time would permit. The presentation of the draft action plan/recommendations would be the final session of the Conference.


Given the importance and relevance of the subject matter, the Conference will be chaired by a former President of Nigeria.


Expected Participants

We expect to have about 400 participants from all the sectors of the Nigerian economy, especially, the social and environment sectors. The participants will include the members of the legislature, the executive (key policy and decision makers who have the powers to put policies and programmes into action), those suffering from Asthma and their families, medical practitioners, and caregivers. We expect participation from private sector operators (oil and gas industries), international donor organizations and members of academia, civil society, and media, etc.


Conference Theme

Better Breathing, Better Living: The Role of Environment and Governance on Asthma Management


Conference Topics


·        The Impact of the Environment on Asthma

·        The role of governance for improved environmental outcomes

·        The Politics of Gas Flaring and Oil and Gas Industry in Nigeria and Its Impact on Air Quality and Human Health

·        SDGs: Addressing Environmental and Health Challenges in Nigeria

·        Implementation of the SDGs, Environmental and Health Outcomes: The Linkages

·        Asthma in Nigeria: Is there any official regulatory framework to support the internationally endorsed standards of care?

·        Clean Air: A Basic Human Right?


Conference Date

12th July, 2018


Conference Venue

Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja





Organised by:

Amaka Chiwuike-Uba Foundation (ACUF)


In Collaboration with:

Nigerian Thoracic Society (NTS)

Nigerian Medical Association (NMA)

Knowledge and Policy Management Initiative (KAPOMI)

Green Economics Initiative of Nigeria (GEIN)

The Human Rights Volunteer Corps (HRVC)

Event Info
2018-07-12 10:00
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