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Africa CDC: we urgently need more emergency health operation centres

POSTED July 19, 2022

Africa CDC: we urgently need more emergency health operation centres

Find out more about Public Health Emergency Operation Centres, and why are they so necessary in Africa now

One women in lab coat stands by hospital bed, another stands by another machine

The rise of public health emergencies and recurrent epidemics in Africa, including COVID-19, are creating health and socio-economic concerns. That was the discussion in Lusaka, Zambia recently at the fourth Mid-Year Coordination Meeting of the African Union (AU) and the Regional Economic Communities.

African leaders talked about how Public Health Emergency Operations Centres (PHEOCs) can help provide critical life-saving data, information and resources to prepare and respond to public health emergencies. 

The Africa CDC Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, together with the African Union, released a statement urging “African Union Member States and partners to recognize and prioritize PHEOCs as an important pillar in health emergency preparedness and response.”

With the help of all AU Member States, African Union Commission, Africa CDC and all partners and global leaders they hope to have one well-functioning centre in 90 percent of African countries by 2026, which will improve the continent’s response to health concerns, reports Devex.

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