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Ethiopia: Five nations to host AU disease control centers

The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has announced plan of establishing centers in five African countries.The five CDC centers will be established in north, west, central, east, southern Africa and Addis Ababa will host the headquarters of the centers, Director of Africa CDC, DR John Nkengasong said in a briefing on Friday.

Accordingly, the new centers will open in the capitals of Kenya, Nigeria, Gabon, Zambia and Egypt.

The announcement came while the Africa CDC endorsed its five-year strategic plan at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Africa CDC supports all African countries to improve surveillance, emergency response, and prevention of infectious diseases.

This includes addressing outbreaks, man-made and natural disasters, and public health events of regional and international concerns.

The Africa CDC supports all African countries to improve surveillance, emergency response and prevention of infectious diseases.

It also aspires to build the capacity to reduce disease burden on the continent.

The meeting further approved the revised budget for 2017 and the program budget for 2018.

Attempts have been made in many African countries, governments and non-profit institutions to contain killer diseases across the continent.

However efforts were tainted due to lack of proper coordination of the health delivery facilities coupled with an ineffective utilization of the available resources, the director said.

It was against this backdrop that Africa CDC was launched in February 2017.



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