Empowering Africa's Public Health Leaders

Strengthening African public health institutions could make all the difference in the response to the next disease outbreak.
“Waiting for emergency help from the West costs lives, health and resources,” said John N. Nkengasong, head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. With Africa’s expanding trade and travel potentially enabling infectious diseases to spread faster, it’s important to empower local leaders to act quickly, he says.
Surrounding this week’s gathering of African and global health experts in Addis Ababa, he’s calling on all African Union member states to establish or strengthen the continent's national public health institutions—and for private sector investment in the push.
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