Africa CDC [to 30 Mar 2019]
March 29, 2018
First Progress Report of the Chairperson of the Commission on the Africa Center for Disease Control
11 pages – PDF: https://au.int/sites/default/files/documents/34074-doc-auc.report.africa.cdc_.prc_.29.03.pdf
… 22. At this time, Africa CDC’s fulfilment of its mandate is hampered by small numbers of permanent staff supporting administrative functions at the secretariat. The majority of Africa CDC support currently comes from seconded or contracted staff. Efforts are underway to address these challenges.
23. Africa CDC has succeeded in developing bilateral partnerships with several nations outside the African continent. Within AU Member States, only the Republic of Kenya has provided a voluntary contribution of USD 1 million to support the Africa CDC. Sustainable support among Member States is critical for sustainable growth and expansion of Africa CDC.
24. Africa CDC is pursuing a mechanism for sustainable financing through businesses, the private sector, and African philanthropy. The Africa CDC private sector and philanthropy engagement strategy has been developed and presented to the Africa CDC Governing Board. This strategy has been aligned and coordinated with plans for Africa CDC Foundation. A priority
focus has been on identifying African companies dealing in telecommunications and other sectors. Finally, Africa CDC is engaging African philanthropists who have given historical support to the African health agenda.
25. Africa CDC has recorded notable achievements to mark its first year of existence. It is successfully fulfilling the mandate it received from the Assembly, even while it continually expands and develops new avenues for strengthening public health capacity on the African continent.
26. Member States have demonstrated their continued support and enthusiasm for Africa CDC by robust participation to produce various framework documents that will guide their public health activities at the national level. These framework documents include a strategy to introduce event-based surveillance at the continental, regional, and national levels; a framework to establish a national public health institute in every Member State; a framework
to address the threat of antimicrobial resistance.
27. In its inaugural year, Africa CDC responded to ten public health events in Member States with a limited technical staff (only ten epidemiologists are currently seconded to Africa CDC). These same epidemiologists also provide day-to-day administrative and management support to operations at the Africa CDC secretariat.
28. While three of the Africa CDC RCC have had successful political launches, they require substantial human resource support to ensure that the technical aspects of Africa CDC’s strategic plan is successfully implemented at the regional level. Without each RCC, Africa CDC has limited ability to encourage public health coordination among Member States. It is crucial to ensure that the West Africa and North Africa are launched in 2018. I look forward to nominating a North African technical public health institution motivated and equipped to provide support to the entire region, cognizant of the diverse array of needs represented in North Africa.
29. I encourage Member States to participate actively in the public health platform established by the Regional Collaborating Centres. Laboratory networks, coordination during public health events, and information exchange are critical elements of the RCC mandate.