28 August 2023, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) and the Africa Public Health Foundation (APHF) have renewed their commitment to support and strengthen health and economic security in Africa, to advance sustainable financing for public health initiatives across the continent.
The APHF met with the Africa CDC in July 2023 to discuss the implementation of its mandate, which includes coordinating resource mobilization and grants management for Africa CDC’s strategic priorities. These priorities are linked to the Director General’s five Flagship Programmes, which are focused on the following:
- Healthcare worker protection – vaccination against vaccine preventable diseases with outbreak potential and provision of PPE for CHWs;
- Strengthening primary healthcare (as essential foundation for PH surveillance and the frontline for pandemic preparedness and response), through digitisation and connectivity;
- National Public Health Institutes (NPHIs) – all 55 AU Member States to have functional NPHI within the strategic cycle;
- Laboratory capacity – every AU Member State to have atleast one national reference laboratory capable of diagnosing epidemic prone pathogens and with genomics capability, and
- Manufacturing medical countermeasures – extending beyond vaccines to diagnostics and therapeutics.
During the discussions, H.E. Dr Jean Kaseya, the Director General of the Africa CDC reaffirmed Africa CDC’s commitment to the partnership with APHF. He emphasised the critical importance of sustainable financing to advance public health initiatives across the continent.
The APHF will play a central role in mobilizing resources to support the Flagship Programmes and will join the Africa CDC Flagship Programme Development team to co-create initiatives and develop effective fundraising strategies.
Dr. Haufiku, Founder and Chairman of the Governing Council of APHF, commended the Africa CDC for their unwavering dedication to advancing public health across the continent. He also recognized the tremendous achievements made through collaborative initiatives, emphasizing the positive impact of joining forces for the greater good of the continent.
With its strong fiduciary accountability track record and access to diverse funding sources, the APHF is well positioned to achieve its mandate, and will work towards achieving the African Union’s New Public Health Order, for a safer, healthier, and prosperous Africa in alignment with the African Union Agenda 2063.
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