Digitizing public health genomics in Africa

Genome sequencing has brought about a revolutionary change in how we identify, investigate, and understand infectious disease outbreaks. To bolster genomics capacity-building, the Africa Pathogen Genomics Initiative (Africa PGI) has been actively supporting National Public Health Institutions (NPHIs) and National Reference Laboratories (NRLs) across the continent. Currently, these institutions are routinely conducting genome sequencing of […]

Highlights from the Partnership for African Vaccine Manufacturing

The full operationalization of the African Union Partnerships for African Vaccine Manufacturing (PAVM) to achieve the objective of manufacturing 60% of the vaccines need by 2040 involves training of qualified workforce. A fully functioning manufacturing ecosystem in the continent will require about 12,500 Full Time Employees (FTEs), compared to about 2,000FTEs currently available.  To address […]

Africa CDC launches the Africa PGI 2.0 flagship initiative

In November 2023, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) lauched the Africa Pathogen Genomics Initiative (Africa PGI 2.0) on the sidelines of CPHIA in Lusaka, Zambia. The launch was officiated by H.E. Dr Jean Kaseya, Director General of Africa CDC and Dr Moeti Matshidiso, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for […]

Mental Health, A Universal Human Right for Africans

What is mental health? According to WHO [i]Mental health is a state of mental well-being that enables people to cope with the stresses of life, realise their abilities, learn well and work well, and contribute to their community. It is an integral component of health and well-being that underpins our individual and collective abilities to […]

What will it take to develop a sustainable vaccine manufacturing ecosystem in Africa?

A study of Africa’s current and planned vaccine manufacturing capacity offers insights into how to target investments and development efforts to promote long-term success. Africa is largely reliant on other regions of the world for lifesaving vaccines. Currently, only one percent of the vaccines administered in Africa are produced locally; the remaining 99 percent are […]

World Rabies Day 2023 Campaign: “All for 1 One Health for All”

What is Rabies? According to the US CDC, rabies is a fatal but preventable viral disease. It can spread to people and pets if they are bitten or scratched by a rabid animal. In the United States, rabies is mostly found in wild animals like bats, raccoons, skunks, and foxes. However, in many other countries […]

IPC reflections on COVID-19

Introduction Welcome to this blog prepared by the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) technical working group of the Africa Task Force for Coronavirus (AFTCOR). As we approach the end of 2020, we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to pause, reflect and receive feedback from IPC specialists who have been involved in the response […]