The African Union (AU) has lately taken one another step towards public health in the continent by launching on Friday an Africa-wide public health agency named as the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).
It is learned the new agency will underline impact of public health on national, social and economic development. It will help the member states in responding to public health emergencies such as Ebola, the outbreak of which shook Guinea and other countries in Africa.
To safeguard health of the continent the AU Assembly of Heads of State also authorized an annual contribution to the agency from the overall operating budget for 2016.
AU recognized and formalized in 2013 and 2015 respectively the need of such public health agency in the continent to support member states from health threats.
Guinea President Alpha Conde too attended the launch ceremony of Africa CDC. His country was one of the worst Ebola-affected between 2013 and 2015. He is currently the chairperson of the African Union.
Conde was accompanied Commissioner for Social Affairs Dr. Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, former Chairperson of the African Union Commission Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and other senior officials of the Commission.
Five Regional Collaborating Centres have been selected to work with the newly launched health agency in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
As of now an emergency Operations Centre has also been set up at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa and disease threats will be monitored by ten highly qualified epidemiologists across Africa.