Strengthening epidemic preparedness and response in Africa

12 Aug 2019

By CEPI


On Wednesday, August 28 (1030 am to 1200 pm), the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) and CEPI will co-host an official side event at The Seventh Tokyo International Conference for African Development (TICAD 7). The event will focus on strengthening epidemic preparedness and response in Africa.

Emerging infectious diseases pose a substantial threat to global health security and global development. To create a robust and sustainable society for human security, public-sector and private-sector partners around the world need to work together to advance the development of vaccines against these emerging infectious threats.

In 2018, the WHO updated its Blueprint list of priority pathogens that are in urgent need of research and development investment. Some of these priority diseases—like Ebola, Lassa Fever, and Rift Valley Fever—have detrimental impacts on security and substantial socioeconomic implications across Africa.

It is vital that health systems and national public-health institutions across the continent are strengthened so that they can effectively respond to epidemic threats and mitigate the social and economic damage they can cause.

Our event will bring together global health leaders, decisions-makers, scientists, NGOs, and financial donors to discuss how epidemic preparedness and response capacity in Africa can be strengthened.

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