Africa’s CDC

Learning of a hepatitis E outbreak in South Sudan on a tour of the US CDC in 2012 prompted Ethiopia’s Minister of Health Kesete Admasu to ask, “Why do I have to come halfway around the world to know what’s going on in my own backyard?”

The observation spurred him to push for an African CDC, which has taken a few years to get off the ground—too late to help block West Africa’s Ebola crisis. Finally this July, a surveillance-and-response unit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia will launch.

But some, including Muhammad Ali Pate, former minister of state for health in Nigeria, question how effective it will be, citing bureaucracy, staffing concerns, and insufficient funding, Seema Yasmin reports.

Scientific American

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