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At the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), there is a strategic programme to support public health networking I would suggest that you connect to see how this network can be strengthened.

Africa is a specialized technical institution of the African Union supporting Member States in their efforts to strengthen health systems and improve surveillance, emergency response and prevention of diseases. Officially launched in January 2017, Africa CDC works with all African countries to strengthen the capabilities of their public health institutions for disease surveillance, emergency response, prevention and control, including the capacity to detect and respond quickly and effectively to disease outbreaks and other health burdens. It also serves as a platform for Member States to share and exchange knowledge and lessons from public health interventions.

Africa CDC seeks to fulfill its mandate through five strategic pillars or work areas and works with the National Public Health Institutes (NPHIs) or related institutions of African Union Member States through five Regional Collaborating Centres (RCCs). The five strategic pillars are Surveillance and Disease Intelligence, Health Information Systems, Laboratory Systems and Networks, Emergency Preparedness and Response, National Public Health Institutes and Research.

James Ayodele