Pillar: Laboratory diagnosis

Interim guidance on COVID-19 Rapid Antigen self-testing to African Union Member States

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Since the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Africa in February 2020, testing to identify individuals infected with SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has been a cornerstone in controlling the spread of the disease. However, by the end of January 2022, over 94 million tests had been performed across all 55 …

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Partnership for African Vaccine Manufacturing (PAVM) From Aspiration To Action

1- CONTEXT12-13 April 2021 African Vaccine Manufacturing SummitThe African Union Commission (AUC) and Africa Centres for Disease Control (Africa CDC) hosted a two-day high-level Summit under the theme “Expanding Africa’s Vaccine Manufacturing for Health Security: Building back better, bolder and bigger”. Amongst the continental leadership in attendance were:• H.E Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson, African Union …

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Guidance for Establishing a National Laboratory Quality Framework

Preface The African continent faces disproportionately high burden of diseases and experiences frequent outbreaks that can be detrimental to the lives of its citizens and bottleneck for social and economic development. The health systems in most Member States, even though there are recent improvements, remain extremely weak. This was witnessed during the current Corona Virus …

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Interim operational guidance on SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance in Africa: An updated guide

Summary Routine genomic surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 is essential to detect, monitor and characterize virus variants that can result in increased transmissibility, disease severity, or affect the effectiveness of diagnostics, vaccines and treatment. The updated document offers practical guidance to the African Union Member States on implementing genomic SARS-CoV-2 surveillance, including advice on sampling and sample …

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Biosafety and Biosecurity Initiative 2021 – 2025 Strategic Plan

INTRODUCTION Taking into account the health challenges faced by the African continent and the necessity for an accountability framework for health security to protect citizens of the continent, the African Union (AU) Heads of States and Governments approved the establishment of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) through the Assembly decision …

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Report: Virtual Meeting on The African COVID-19 Vaccine Financing and Deployment Strategy

Key points • The COVID-19 pandemic has caused devastation on the African continent, with more than 3.4 million confirmed cases and nearly 87,000 COVID-19 deaths to date; it has also severely impacted the continental economy, education, health programmes and other elements critical to Africa’s Agenda 2063. • Since the beginning of the pandemic, the African …

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