“The African Union and the European Union have been at the forefront of the operationalisation of digitalisation in health, as witnessed during the COVID-19 response. This included the establishment of the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC) and the African Union Trusted Travel Platform (TTP), supported by the multistakeholder AU-Koldchain PanaBIOS framework.
The European Commission and the African Union Commission are committed to pursuing interoperability of digital health tools, building on COVID-19 actions, to ensure the acceleration of health system strengthening and the achievement of Universal Health Coverage, bringing the health security and public health modernisation agenda to the next level.
This joint effort is part of a broader collaboration on digital health between the African Union and the European Union. Respective consultations regarding digital health strategies and initiatives are ongoing, notably around the upcoming AU digital health strategy, the Africa CDC digital transformation strategy, as well as the Team Europe Initiative on digital health in Africa. As two key regional players globally, the African Union and the European Union are determined to advance the digital health agenda and set the pace of multilateral innovation worldwide”.
About the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC)
Africa CDC is a specialized technical institution of the African Union that strengthens the capacity and capability of Africa’s public health institutions as well as partnerships to detect and respond quickly and effectively to disease threats and outbreaks, based on data-driven interventions and programs. For more information, please visit: http://www.africacdc.org
Dr. Benjamin Djoudalbaye, Head of Policy, Health Diplomacy, and Communication, | Africa CDC | Email: BenjaminD@africa- union.org