A new deal for African health security

Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has a vision: to become world-class and self-sustaining and position itself in line with universal health coverage, Sustainable Development Goals and the African Union’s Agenda 2063. To do so, it is proposing a New Deal  Infectious diseases continue to be the major causes of mortality and morbidity in […]

Strengthening South Sudan’s Healthcare: Urgent Need for an Effective AMR National Action Plan

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) poses a growing global crisis that threatens progress in healthcare, agriculture, and sustainable development. In Africa, AMR-related infections impact varies, causing thousands of annual deaths and threatening public health. However, it is estimated that thousands of people die annually in Africa due to AMR-related infections, with 27.3 deaths per 100,000 attributed to […]

Africa CDC IPC Legal Framework 

In October 2017, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) launched its Framework for Antimicrobial Resistance Control to minimise infections within healthcare facilities significantly. In April 2018, a workshop was convened involving Member States and partners to determine priorities for implementing this framework. A primary recommendation was to define minimum standards for […]

Diphtheria Outbreak in Africa: Strengthening Response Capacities

Africa is facing recurrent infectious disease outbreaks, with diphtheria re-emerging in four African Union Member States: Algeria, Guinea, Niger, and Nigeria. As of October 9, 2023, 14,587 cases with a case fatality rate of 4.1% have been reported across these Member States, with Nigeria alone accounting for over 90% of the cases. The Federal Republic […]

Advancing Strategies for Zoonotic Disease Prioritization

The African continent has a significant burden of zoonotic diseases, with both competent vectors and environmental conditions that support the propagation of zoonotic diseases with pandemic potential. Zoonotic influenza viruses and viral hemorrhagic fevers (VHFs) such as Ebola, Marburg, Lassa fever and Rift Valley fever (RVF) viruses are examples of these diseases. Severe illness and […]

The Kofi Annan Fellowship in Global Health Leadership Program

Building the Future of Public Health in Africa The Kofi Annan Fellowship in Global Health Leadership Program has emerged as an inspiring initiative led by the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) with the aim of transforming public health leadership in Africa. Launched in 2020, the Fellowship Program has been making significant […]

Lessons Learnt from the Marburg Virus Disease (MVD) Outbreak in Tanzania

On March 16, 2023, the Tanzania Ministry of Health declared an outbreak of an unidentified illness in Bukoba district, Kagera region. A group of seven individuals presented with fever, vomiting, bleeding from various body orifices, and kidney failure, sparking suspicion of a contagious disease. Laboratory results from patients and the deceased confirmed the Marburg virus […]

Africa CDC Certification Program for Biosafety and Biosecurity Professionals

In April 2019, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) launched the Biosafety and Biosecurity Initiative, a progressive effort aimed at strengthening biosafety and biosecurity systems in African Union (AU) Member States. The primary objective was to ensure compliance with national and international standards, including the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005), the […]