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Guidance on Contact Tracing for COVID-19 Pandemic

Contact tracing may help limit COVID-19 transmission when the first cases are identified within a country but can be very resource intensive.It is likely not to be feasible when community transmission is occurring and cases outside known transmission chains increase greatly. Member States are advised to use the characteristics of the epidemic in their country

COVID-19 Contact Tracing Protocol for African Union Staff

This protocol provides guidance on the procedures to follow for contact tracing if an African Union staff is confirmed positive to COVID-19 within the African Union office premises. Contact tracing involves the following steps: Case investigation and contact identification Contact listing and classification Contact follow-up or daily contact monitoring Contact discharge or ending contact follow-up

Talking Points, Weekly Press Briefing on COVID-19 in Africa, 26 August 2021

Welcome Remarks Good morning from the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, and thank you to members of the press for joining today’s briefing. At this time, I will share updates on the COVID-19 situation on the continent, including our response efforts and updates on the vaccine situation.  COVID-19 Epidemiology Update | OVERVIEW As of

Africa CDC and the IFRC ramp up COVID-19 response in Africa

Addis Ababa, 25 August 2021 – The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) today launched a new collaboration to strengthen community resilience and response to public health emergencies at community level. The two institutions have signed a Memorandum of Understanding

The Critical Role of Community Health Workers in COVID-19 Vaccine Roll Out

Background Africa CDC being a continental public health institution has been working with AU Members states and partners in strengthening the capacity and capability of Africa’s public health institutions to detect and respond quickly and effectively to disease threats and outbreaks, based on data-driven interventions and programmes. Since the emergence of COVID 19 in December

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention Supports the Government of Republic of Guinea in the Fight against the new Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in N’Zerekore Prefecture

Addis Ababa, 14 February 2021- The Government of Republic of Guinea declared a new case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak on 14 February 2021 in Gouecke sub-prefecture N’Zerekore Prefecture. This is following the detection of a suspected cases of Ebola who attended a burial ceremony of a nurse at Goueké health center. The nurse

Monitoring and Evaluation of COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Diagnostic Test Rollout in Africa

Introduction Limited coverage of laboratory services and long turnaround times from real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) for the detection of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has been insufficient to meet the demands in many African countries in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rapid antigen diagnostic tests (AgRDTs) are potentially useful as they

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