African Health Ministers Commit to Purchasing Locally-Made Vaccines

African health ministers have offered to ensure commitment and support to buy vaccines manufactured in Africa to build a sustainable industry capable of producing vaccines at scale. The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) hosted a High-Level meeting themed ”Ministerial Consultations on Local Manufacturing” on the sidelines of the 77th World Health […]

New Study Calls for Access to Effective Antibiotics in Africa

The Lancet Series on AMR, recently launched on the margins of the World Health Assembly, highlights that babies, older people and people with compromised immune systems are at the most significant risk of suffering from antimicrobial resistance. The Lancet says 7.7 million deaths globally are associated with bacterial infections; of these, 4.95 million are associated […]

Health bodies evaluate Leishmaniasis test

As a new generation of treatments for one of the world’s leading parasitic killers evolves, international bodies have teamed up to evaluate the Leishmaniasis test developed in Africa. Africa CDC and the International Diagnostics Centres are supporting Tropical Disease Research, and the WHO Neglected Tropical Disease Department is evaluating a rapid test (IT-LEISH) for Visceral […]

Africa CDC launches Mental Health Leadership Programme

To train leaders in the health system to address mental health in Africa through a public health and human rights lens, the Africa CDC launched the Mental Health Leadership Programme (MHLP) during the 77th World Health Assembly in Geneva. Africa CDC introduced the MHLP at a high-level side event attended by five health ministers, including […]

Africa CDC to collaborate with CEPI on health research

The Africa CDC and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the sidelines of the 77th World Health Assembly. The MOU signals the two organisations’ desire to expand their partnership to strengthen epidemic and pandemic prevention, preparedness and response in Africa. Dr. Jean Kaseya, Africa CDC’s Director General, […]

Partnership for Public Health Emergencies Preparedness & Response Seeks 1 Billion USD | Africa CDC and WHO Strengthen Efforts to Safeguard Africa’s Health

Africa’s two leading public health institutions are seeking 1 billion USD for their partnership to respond to public health emergencies triggered by climate change and conflict-related disasters, aiming to build health security on the continent. Africa CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) met on 27 May in Geneva, a year after launching the Joint […]

Africa’s opportunity to grow Community Health Workers

Funding and collaboration among Member States and the international community could help Africa sustainably recruit, retain and equip community health workers to grow this workforce to 500,000 by 2027. This ambition has been boosted by the Africa CDC partnership with UNICEF, which drives the African Union initiative to meet 2 million community health workers. The […]

Recognition for Digital Health champion

Dr Edem Adzogenu, Africa CDC’s Senior Advisor on Innovation and Digitization, received an award for excellent work in developing Multi-stakeholder platforms supporting Africa’s SME and Bio-Innovation Ecosystem. Dr Adzogenu, got the award on 19 May at the launch of the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa in Riyadh, Kingdom […]