Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) launched

[Source: Lancet]

Officially launched in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 31st Jan 2017, the Africa CDC is Africa’s first continent-wide public health agency, and it will be headed by John Nkengasong, who worked for more than 20 years for the US CDC. The aim of the Africa CDC will be to establish early warning and response surveillance systems, respond to emergencies, build capacity, and provide technical expertise to address health emergencies in a timely and effective manner. The Africa CDC will operate on a decentralised model allowing each country to facilitate the implementation of surveillance and response frameworks according to its economic and human resources. Five Regional Collaborating Centers (in Egypt, Gabon, Kenya, Nigeria, and Zambia) set up with the capacity to rapidly detect known and unknown pathogens will be the reference centres for the organisation in the five African sub-regions (Central, East, North, Southern, and West).