H.E. Dr. Jean Kaseya was appointed as the first Director General of Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) in February 2023 by the 36th Africa Union (AU) Assembly of Heads of State and Government. Upon assuming office on the 20th April 2023, he committed to three fundamental priorities: strengthening the institution by implementing robust governance, fostering technical expertise, and establishing clear authority; ensuring financial sustainability through effective innovative fund generation and effective utilization to achieve tangible outcomes; and enhancing New Public Health Order interventions by enabling swift and effective on-the-ground responses to outbreaks and health-related emergencies faced by our Member States.
This report provides a comprehensive overview of the milestones, progress and achievements realized under the leadership of the Director General in his first 100 days in office.
As of July 2023, key governance milestones achieved include (1) the establishment and inaugural meetings of the new Africa CDC Advisory and Technical Council (ATC); (2) the constitution of the new Governing Board for Africa CDC; (3) the approval of the new Africa CDC structure via the successful engagement with African Union (AU) organs through the Permanent Representatives’ Committee (PRC)
and the Executive Council of Foreign Ministers. The new structure increases from 300 positions to 970 positions with regular positions moving from 72 positions approved in February 2023 to 155 in July 2023.
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