Strengthening and Establishing National Public Health Institutes, a Top Priority for Africa CDC

By Catherine Witherspoon | February 2018

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From a Lassa fever and meningitis outbreak in Nigeria, malaria response efforts in Mozambique and Namibia, to an Ebola scare in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Africa CDC’s success stem from lessons learned from the 2013 Ebola epidemic and is actively and effectively working to truly safeguard all of Africa.

The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was established in 2017, in the same year it successfully responded to nine outbreaks, which include supporting the first-ever activation of a sub-national emergency operations center for Lassa fever in Nigeria and creating a Malaria Monitoring Dashboard and checklist for malaria outbreak investigation in both Mozambique and Namibia. In the inaugural annual report for the first continent-wide national public health institute commemorating the anniversary of this life-saving endeavor, it lists strengthening national public health institutes (NPHIs) as one of its top priorities in 2018 an effort that the International Association of National Public Health Institutes fully supports.

“We’re systems-focused, not disease-focused,” said John Nkengasong, the first Director of Africa CDC.  “Our mission is to support African nations as they create strong health systems and institutions, and then ensure that they are sustainable, fully functional operations that can be called on to fight multiple diseases.” 

IANPHI is a proud supporter of Africa CDC. Since the beginning, IANPHI has worked to strengthen public health capacity in Africa and was founded by Institutes located in the region. The IANPHI-Africa Regional Network, established in 2014, is comprised of Institutes actively involved in Africa CDC and fully supporting its vision for a safer, healthier, integrated and prosperous Africa.

Read Africa CDC’s first annual report, here >> 2017 Africa CDC Annual Report.

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