Africa CDC

Now is the time.
Disease threats can spread faster than ever before. Ebola has proven it is time to reinforce Africa’s public health system to combat future health threats. Health is vital to the development and growth of African nations. Africa is strongest when communities are prosperous, integrated, and secure, when people can feel safe to openly travel, and when Africans can lead healthier lives. Taking action now to build stronger public health systems will contribute to Africa’s prosperity.
An Africa CDC will help build a healthier, stronger Africa.
In January 2015, the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) endorsed the establishment of a public health institute dedicated to the African continent. The purpose of this new organization, known as the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), is to reduce sickness and death by improving prevention, detection, and response to public health threats. The AU Member States will be the direct beneficiaries of the Africa CDC. By supporting African countries in their efforts to monitor the public’s health, respond to emergencies, address complex health challenges, and build needed capacity, the Africa CDC will help close dangerous gaps in Africa’s public health systems. The Africa CDC Coordination Office is based at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. However, five Regional Collaborating Centres, one in each region of the continent, will help execute the day-to-day work of the organization and ensure that the continent is supported at the point of need.
Africa’s health is everyone’s responsibility.
When a house is on fire, the entire village must help rescue those at risk and extinguish the blaze. The Africa CDC will empower African countries to share knowledge, build capacity, and help one another, creating a safer, healthier Africa. Working together, Africans can safeguard their continent’s health.
The Africa CDC will fill a unique role.
Because the Africa CDC is an African-owned institution, it is uniquely positioned to help protect the health of the continent. The Africa CDC will benefit from and enhance existing partnerships, such as those with other nations, continental and international health agencies, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector. By working closely with the World Health Organization and Ministries of Health, the Africa CDC will help bolster local disease prevention and monitoring, improve laboratory diagnosis of pathogens, and strengthen emergency response to outbreaks.
The Africa CDC is moving forward.
January 2016 marks the official launch of the Africa CDC. Ten Epidemiology Fellows have been recruited to staff the Emergency Operations Centre at the newly established Africa CDC Surveillance and Response Unit. In the months ahead, the AU will appoint a Director, establish a Governing Board and an Advisory Council, and recruit additional staff. In addition, the Africa CDC will inaugurate the Regional Collaborating Centres in 2016. With progress well underway, the Africa CDC is helping build a stronger, healthier, Africa.