In June 2021, the Mastercard Foundation partnered with the Africa CDC to launch a $1.5 billion initiative called Saving Lives and Livelihoods. Together, we are purchasing vaccines for more than 65 million people, deploying vaccines to millions more across the continent, enabling vaccine manufacturing in Africa by developing the workforce, and strengthening the Africa CDC’s capacity.
Africa CDC becomes an autonomous agency of the African Union
At the 35th ordinary session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Africa CDC was granted full licence to operate as an autonomous agency of the African Union. This historic approval means that the Africa CDC now has the legal, institutional, and operational autonomy to among other things, directly mobilize financing for building public health capacity and acquiring vital continental assets for disease prevention and control. As a result, the Africa CDC will be better positioned to strengthen national health systems in Africa in line with its mandate. Read more