Africa CDC [to 18 November 2017]

Editor’s Note:
We are pleased to begin regular coverage of news and announcements from the Africa CDC…overdue…
Africa CDC   [to 18 November 2017]
November 07, 2017
Africa Partnership and Coordination Forum agree on joint priorities to fast track implementation of the Catalytic Framework to end AIDS, TB and eliminate Malaria in Africa by 2030
Johannesburg, 07 November 2017- The African Union Commission (AUC) convened regional and continental partners last week to discuss joint priorities to support countries end AIDS, TB and Malaria by 2030. In attendance were: African Union Organs, Regional Economic Communities, Regional Health Organisations, development partners, civil society the private sector and invited guests.

“We have the science and tools to end AIDS, TB and Malaria by 2030. The continental targets set for the three diseases can be achieved with sustained leadership, ownership, sustained financing, effective partnerships and accountability,” said Dr. Richard Kamwi, former health minister of Namibia who is the current Goodwill Ambassador of Elimination 8 and Africa CDC Champion.

The Catalytic Framework to end AIDS, TB and Eliminate Malaria in Africa by 2030 is a continental framework that enunciates key policy issues, strategic priorities, targets and accountability mechanisms…

07 November 2017
African countries launch framework to tackle the threat of antibiotic resistant infections
Annecy, France – Africa CDC launched its framework to fight antibiotic resistant infections during the eighth edition of the Advanced Courses on Diagnostics convened by the Fondation Mérieux. Antibiotic resistant infections occur when bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms change in ways that make medications ineffective against them. In Africa, antibiotic resistance is already a major problem for malaria, tuberculosis, typhoid, meningitis, gonorrhea, and dysentery. Recognising the urgent need for action, the World Health Assembly adopted the Global Action Plan to address the challenge in May 2015. The Africa CDC Framework describes priorities for African Union Member States to improve diagnosis and treatment of, collect more accurate data about, and strengthen policies to address antibiotic resistance.

‘Africa CDC developed a remarkably comprehensive framework, fully aligned with the Global Action Plan and the Global Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System which if fully implemented will address the growing threat of antibiotic resistant infections’, said Dr Marc Sprenger, Director of the Antimicrobial Resistance Secretariat at the World Health Organisation who chaired the launch.

“Antimicrobial resistance is a major threat to Africa’s economic growth and structural transformation goals. We need to urgently strengthen partnerships and leverage our existing assets across Africa to fully implement the Africa CDC Framework for Antimicrobial Resistance,” said Dr. John Nkengasong, the Director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention…