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The Role of Africa CDC in Coordinating Public Health Responses to COVID-19 In Africa

May 5, 2020




Since the onset of the novel coronavirus, the Africa CDC has been at the forefront through coordination of efforts of member states, sourcing of medical equipment, and providing guidelines on the implementation of social distancing among other efforts. Given African socioeconomic peculiarities and disruptions in global value chains, there have been challenges in delivering this mandate. These include difficulties in enforcing social distancing in urban slums, testing in fragile and conflict-affected countries, insufficient testing kits, to name a few. Dr. John Nkengasong, the Director of the Africa CDC, will discuss the measures the Center is taking to mitigate COVID-19 under these challenging circumstances.

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    Dr. John N. Nkengasong


    Dr. Nkengasong is the Director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prior to his current position, he served as the acting deputy principal director of the Center for Global Health, United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S. CDC), and Chief of the International Laboratory Branch, Division of Global HIV and TB., U.S CDC. He received a Master’s in Tropical Biomedical Science at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium and a Doctorate in Medical Sciences (Virology) from the University of Brussels, Belgium. He has received numerous awards for his work including Sheppard Award, the William Watson Medal of Excellence, the highest recognition awarded by CDC. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Emory School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA. He serves on several international advisory boards including the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Initiative (CEPI), the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) among others.


    Albert Zeufack


    Africa Region Chief Economist, World Bank


    Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate


    Global Director of Health, Nutrition & Population, World Bank Group


    Deborah L. Wetzel


    Director for Regional Integration for Africa, the Middle East and Northern Africa, World Bank Group


  • Place: Online
  • Date: Tuesday May 5, 2020
  • Time: 12:30 - 2:00 PM (ET)