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African Union rolls out Partnership to Accelerate COVID-19 Testing

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA, 4 JUNE 2020. The Commissioner for Social Affairs, H.E. Mrs Amira Elfadil Mohammed, today rolled out the Partnership to Accelerate COVID-19 Testing (PACT) at the African Union Commission headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  In his message to participants in the rollout event, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E. Moussa Faki …

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Africa CDC and Mastercard Foundation partner to deliver one million test kits, deploy 10,000 community health workers for COVID-19 response

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA, 4JUNE 2020.  Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and Mastercard Foundation are partnering to respond to COVID-19.  Through its COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Program, Mastercard Foundation is committing US$40 million to Africa CDC’s Partnership to Accelerate COVID-19 Testing (PACT).  These funds will be used to purchase one million test kits, and …

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African Union Commission announces Africa CDC Kofi Annan Global Health Leadership Programme

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA, 25 MAY 2020. The Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E. Quartey Thomas Kwesi, today announced the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) Kofi Annan Global Health Leadership Programme, in memory of late Kofi Atta Annan, seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, and founding chair of …

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Africa50 supports COVID-19 response with US$300,000 grant to Africa CDC

CASABLANCA, MOROCCO AND ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA, 4 MAY 2020. Africa50 has announced a grant of US$300,000 to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) to support response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa.  The grant will be used specifically for the purchase of test kits and other medical equipment and to mobilize …

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Africa CDC receives third donation of medical supplies from Jack Ma Foundation, co-hosts global MediXChange webinar on COVID-19

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA, 27 APRIL 2020 – The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) today received a third donation of medical equipment and supplies from the Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The donation is to support COVID-19 response by African Union Member States and it includes 4.6 …

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AU and Africa CDC launch Partnership to Accelerate COVID-19 Testing: Trace, Test and Track

The African Union Commission and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) have launched a new initiative, the Partnership to Accelerate COVID-19 Testing (PACT): Trace, Test & Track (CDC-T3). The partnership is to facilitate implementation of the Africa Joint Continental Strategy for COVID-19, endorsed by African Ministers of Health on 22 February …

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Wellcome and DFID support Africa COVID-19 continental response with € 2.26 million

Wellcome and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) have awarded a grant of EUR 2.26 million to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) to support the COVID-19 response by African Union Member States. The grant was awarded as part of the DFID/Wellcome Epidemic Preparedness for Coronavirus grant and it …

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First UN solidarity flight departs Addis Ababa carrying vital COVID-19 Medical supplies to all African Nations

ROME/GENEVA, 14 APRIL 2020 – The first United Nations “solidarity flight” left Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, today from where it will transport vital medical cargo to all countries in Africa, where supplies are desperately needed to contain the spread of COVID-19. The World Health Organization (WHO) cargo was transported by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), …

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