Certified African Regional professionals: Level 1 Biological Waste Management

Introduction The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) Biosafety and Biosecurity Initiative was launched by the Africa CDC in April 2019 with the aim of strengthening the African Union (AU) Member States’ biosafety and biosecurity systems and enabling them to comply with national and international requirements for biosafety and biosecurity including the […]

Building Testing Capacity for Epidemic-Prone Diseases

Executive Summary The provision of health and other services in the African region is challenging due to protracted humanitarian emergencies, poverty, lack of political commitment, and fragile health systems. This has resulted in a number of retrograde health indicators, an increase in the burden of infectious diseases, and the emergence and re-emergence of high-risk pathogens. […]

Africa Region Subject Matter Expert (Af-RSME) under the Regional Training and Certification Program for Biosafety and Biosecurity Professionals in the Africa Region

Introduction The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) Biosafety and Biosecurity Initiative was launched by the Africa CDC in April 2019 with the aim of strengthening the African Union (AU) Member States’ biosafety and biosecurity systems and enabling them to comply with national and international requirements for biosafety and biosecurity including the […]

Communique on the Sudden Increase in COVID-19 Cases driven by the Omicron BF.7 Variants

Key Messages • BF.7 is one of the Omicron subvariants under monitoring by the Africa CDC and the World Health Organization • Preliminary reports from China indicate BF.7 has increased transmissibility with a shorter incubation period, and greater capacity to infect people who have had a previous COVID-19 infection, or been vaccinated, or both • […]

COVID-19 Test to Treat Guidelines for African Union Member States

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY In response to the outbreak, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has been supporting African Union Member States in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic through a variety of interventions such as non-pharmaceutical interventions, quarantine, testing, isolation, contact tracing, and clinical management. The Test to Treat guideline aims to increase […]

African Union List of Certified Assessors for the Regulatory and Certification Framework for Institutions Handling High Risk Pathogens

The Africa Centers for Disease Control (Africa CDC) launched the Biosafety and Security Initiative in April 2019 to strengthen the biosecurity and biosafety systems of African Union Member States to enable them to comply with international standards for Biosafety and Biosecurity. Recent events of public health concern and emergency of infectious diseases including the Ebola […]

Revised COVID-19 Testing Strategy, Second Edition, August, 2022

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Testing to identify people infected with SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has been central to the control of the disease. The African Union Commission, through the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) and partners, implemented a number of key initiatives to expand COVID-19 testing in Africa including developing guidance […]

COVID-19 Scientific and Public Health Policy Update – (8 June 2022)

This biweekly brief details the latest developments in scientific knowledge and public health policy from around the world as well as updates to the COVID-19-related guidance from Africa CDC, WHO and other public health agencies. This brief complements the Weekly Outbreak Brief and other documents on COVID-19 and the actions that the African Union/Africa CDC […]

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