New African Union CDC health operations center is open for business
Friday, February 3, 2017
The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention was officially open for business on Wednesday, following a ribbon cutting ceremony at the conclusion of this week’s African Union summit.
The ceremony celebrated a state-of-the-art Emergency Operating Center in Addis Ababa designed to support early warning and response systems, deliver technical expertise and strategy, and coordinate public health services.
“As an African-owned institution, the Africa CDC is uniquely positioned to help protect the health of the continent,” the AU Commission said in a statement. “It will also join the international networks of public health institutions to share information and improve surveillance of public health threats.”
The Ebola crisis in West Africa sharpened attention to the need for an African CDC, and the center’s completion was made a priority during a 2015 African Union Ministers of Health meeting in Equatorial Guinea.
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