International Exchange Study Visit for improved and Strengthened Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System in Africa

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) poses a growing and urgent threat in Africa. With nearly 1.3 million deaths attributed to AMR in 2019, Inadequate monitoring and control measures by governments have worsened the situation, hindering the prevention of resistant micro-organisms. If immediate action is not taken, millions of Africans are estimated to lose their lives to antimicrobial […]

Op-Ed: The Big Catch Up: Recovering the Gains Made in Africa through Vaccinations

By Dr Jean Kaseya, Director General, Africa CDC The advent of vaccines has been one of the greatest achievements in modern medicine, eradicating and controlling several life-threatening diseases that were once widespread. Routine immunisation systems contribute significantly to  Africa’s health security and are a vital part of a comprehensive and functional public health system. Vaccination […]

Achieving Sustainable Vaccine Manufacturing: Insights from the 2023 World Vaccine Congress

The Africa CDC and the Mastercard Foundation participated in the annual World Vaccine Congress from April 3 to 6 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The congress provided a platform for highlighting the progress of the Saving Lives and Livelihoods initiative, with a focus on regionalizing vaccine manufacturing in Africa through […]

A Six-Year Journey: Advancing Pathogen Genomics in Africa

As the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) marks it’s sixth anniversary since its launch, it presents us an excellent standpoint to reflect on the enormous growth and development that has been accomplished. At the time of Africa CDC’s founding in 2017, three years ahead of the COVID-19 pandemic, the continent was […]

The New Public Health Order: Africa’s health security Agenda

The African continent has demonstrated decisive leadership throughout its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, leveraging lessons learned from previous outbreaks and acting quickly to limit the impact of the virus. It remains a glaring fact that the world’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the weaknesses and inequities in the global health ecosystem. This […]

Acceleration and Integration: A Progressive Approach for Saving Lives and Livelihoods

Twenty-one (21) months since the inception of the Saving Lives and Livelihoods initiative, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) and Mastercard Foundation have developed a flexible, agile and urgent approach in aligning evolving Member State’s needs to partner’s expertise and capacity. The new strategic priority aims to accelerate the initiative’s implementation […]