Q&A: Africa CDC official on bringing African expertise to African emergencies

A spraying operation conducted by the World Health Organization and Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention volunteers in Butembo, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photo by: Africa CDC Twitter

ABIDJAN — A year and a half ago, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was created as a continent-wide public health agency, aimed at helping African Union countries respond to health emergencies. It joined the ranks of other international institutions working to protect the health of the continent — its hope is that with increased understanding of local contexts, African experts could provide a more timely, coordinated response.

Since its official launch in January 2017, Africa CDC has intervened in 10 crises, from the Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria; to landslides in…

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