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US$100 million Africa Pathogen Genomics Initiative to boost disease surveillance and emergency response capacity in Africa

Multisectoral partnership will deliver tools and expertise to identify and stop COVID-19 and other disease threats, and strengthen leadership for health security in AfricaADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA, 12 October 2020 – Today, a group of public, private and non-profit organizations, led by the African Union Commission through the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa …

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Team Europe supports Africa’s COVID-19 response with 1.4 million test kits donated by Germany and delivered by the EU Humanitarian Air Bridge

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA, 8 October 2020. The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), through the African Union, today received the third and last batch of 1.4 million COVID-19 test kits donated by the Government of Germany. The kits were delivered through a European Union (EU) Humanitarian Air Bridge flight as part of …

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Trade and Development Bank donates half a million dollars to COVID-19 response in Africa

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 30 September 2020 – The Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB) has donated US$500,000 to support COVID-19 response across Africa by the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC). The donation is being made to the African Union through the COVID-19 Response Fund as part of TBD’s COVID-19 …

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Promoting manufacture of PPE in Africa

Workshop on promoting manufacturing of personal protective equipment in Africa

The Infection Prevention and Control Technical Working Group of the Africa Task Force for Coronavirus Response (AFTCOR) held a special virtual workshop to promote manufacturing of personal protective equipment (PPE) in Africa on Thursday, 3 September 2020. Over 300 participants representing policymakers, regulatory agencies, the private sector, government and non-government institutions, manufacturers and distributors of …

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Africa CDC, FIND partner to build capacity for COVID-19 rapid diagnostic tests in Africa

Strategic partnership between Africa CDC and FIND builds on long-standing relationship and newly signed Memorandum of Understanding to drive access to essential diagnostics across Africa in collaboration with local partners Work to ensure readiness to roll out critical antigen RDTs for COVID-19 is being conducted as part of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator …

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COVID-19 genome sequencing laboratory network launches in Africa

Addis Ababa/Brazzaville, 10 September 2020 – With several African countries now expanding COVID-19 testing, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) have launched a network of laboratories to reinforce genome sequencing of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes COVID-19, in …

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Training of trainers on infection prevention and control for COVID-19 concludes in DRC

A three-day training of trainers on infection prevention and control (IPC) for COVID-19 was concluded in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) yesterday, 1 September 2020. The training was organized by the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) in partnership with the Directorate of General Disease Control of the Ministry of Public …

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Africa CDC launches web-based tool to better manage public health emergency workforce deployments

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA, 1 SEPTEMBER 2020. The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), in partnership with the International Health Regulations (IHR) Strengthening Project of Public Health England (PHE), today launched a new web-based tool, AVoHC Net, to facilitate rapid deployment and better administration of a standby workforce for public health emergencies across …

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Team Europe: Germany and European Union jointly support African Union’s response to COVID-19

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA, 01 SEPTEMBER 2020. The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) today received additional 500,000 COVID-19 test kits from the German Government through the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). As part of the EU’s global coronavirus response, the test kits were delivered by an EU Humanitarian Air …

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Saving lives, economies and livelihoods campaign launches in Africa

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA, 20 AUGUST 2020. H.E. Amira Elfadil Mohammed, Commissioner for Social Affairs, African Union Commission; H.E. Dr Amani Abou-Zeid, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission; and Dr John Nkengasong, Director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), today announced the launch of the “Africa Against COVID-19: Saving …

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