May 22, 2024

United States and Africa CDC Unveil Joint Action Plan to Strengthen Public Health in Africa

The United States government and the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) have jointly announced a comprehensive Joint Action Plan aimed at bolstering public health systems and improving health outcomes across the African continent.

The unveiling of the strategic plan on November 28, during the Third International Conference on Public Health in Africa, underlined the shared commitment to addressing critical health challenges in Africa.

The Joint Action Plan builds upon the Memorandum of Cooperation to Promote Public Health Partnership, which was signed by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki in March 2022.

The latest collaborative effort between the U.S. government and Africa CDC underscores their dedication to strengthening the foundations of public health and promoting a shared vision for a healthier Africa. The Joint Action Plan delineates key activities and initiatives that aim to achieve the objectives outlined in the Memorandum of Cooperation.

Central to the Joint Action Plan are provisions for institutional strengthening, expert exchanges, and knowledge-sharing. These activities will be instrumental in supporting the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the Africa CDC Strategic Plan 2023-2027. The plan will also foster the development of integrated health systems, the enhancement of public health emergency response capacity, the improvement of clinical and laboratory systems, and the expansion of local health product manufacturing and innovation.

The commitment to the Joint Action Plan extends beyond its announcement. Both the U.S. government and Africa CDC have expressed their intent to convene regular meetings of technical experts in both Addis Ababa and Washington. These gatherings will serve as forums for operationalizing, reviewing, and updating the plan, ensuring its alignment with shared public health needs and global health security requirements.

The Joint Action Plan represents a significant milestone in the collaborative efforts to strengthen public health systems and improve health outcomes in Africa. It demonstrates the dedication of both parties to work together to address current and future health challenges, emphasizing the importance of international cooperation in promoting public health on the continent.

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