A CDC for Africa – but the body modeled after the U.S. agency needs funding

by Carl Manlan
Scientific American, September 2017

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The idea for Africa’s own Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) was devised in 2013 and formalized after the worst Ebola outbreak in history the following year. The Africa CDC, which was officially launched in January of this year, is a growing partnership that aims to build countries’ capacity to help create a world that is safe and secure from infectious disease threats. Just as Americans made the formation of their CDC a priority, Africans have a responsibility to ensure the funding and development of their CDC to keep diseases from further altering the course of socioeconomic transformation. Ending malaria was the impetus that led to a strong and reliable CDC in the U.S., and now Africa has an opportunity to repeat that success – ideally by 2030, when the world gathers to assess progress toward achieving the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals.

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