Africa CDC, foundation launch initiative to strengthen public health


Africa CDC, foundation launch initiative to strengthen public health

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) and the Mastercard Foundation.

Have announced a new phase of their Saving Lives and Livelihoods initiative.

This groundbreaking partnership, initiated in June 2021 with a substantial $1.5 billion investment.

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Aims to fortify Africa's health infrastructure through various strategic measures.

The focus areas include purchasing and distributing COVID-19 vaccines, expanding vaccine manufacturing capabilities on the continent.

And enhancing the Africa CDC for long-term health security. The impact of the partnership in its initial phase has been notable.

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The continent's vaccination rate has risen from three percent to an impressive 53 percent of the target population.

Additionally, the initiative has successfully trained and deployed 38,000 health workers.

Integrated over 600 vaccination centers into healthcare systems, and expanded genomic testing capabilities from seven to 40 laboratories across Africa.

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Deloitte's review of the initiative's first phase, involving fifteen implementing partners across 29 countries.

Highlighted the effective and intended use of funds. Ongoing monitoring by KPMG not only confirmed strong programmatic results.

But also indicated improved institutional capacity for sustainability and resilience.

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As the initiative enters its second phase, the partnership will broaden its scope. Focusing on completing the vaccination of healthcare workers and vulnerable groups.

Building a robust community health workforce, and ensuring pandemic preparedness. This includes strengthening national public health institutions.

Laboratory capacities, data access and quality, local manufacturing of vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics, along with continued support for Africa CDC.

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Director General of Africa CDC, Dr Jean Kaseya, emphasized the power of collaborative partnerships.

Stating, “Our Saving Lives and Livelihoods initiative with the Mastercard Foundation has shown the power of respectful.

And action-oriented partnerships rooted in collaboration, coordination, and systems strengthening."

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President and CEO of the Mastercard Foundation, Reeta Roy, stressed the ongoing need to invest in health systems despite the global pandemic's end.

The partnership aims to enable thousands of young people to build careers in healthcare, contributing to improving lives across Africa.

As the Saving Lives and Livelihoods initiative progresses into its next phase, it stands as a testament to the effectiveness of African-led health solutions.

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The commitment of Africa CDC and the Mastercard Foundation to enhancing the health and well-being of all Africans remains unwavering.

This partnership not only addresses the immediate aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic but also lays the groundwork for a new and resilient public health order in Africa.

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