The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Preventions (Africa CDC) have been operationalised at Regional Collaborating Centres (RCC) in Lusaka, Zambia to improve surveillance, emergency response and prevention of infectious and non-communicable diseases.

The Africa CDC will harness the public health assets that already exist in the region including universities, national public health institutes, private laboratories, centres of excellence, non-governmental organisations and veterinary networks.

The Africa CDC regional collaborating centres will work closely with the Africa CDC secretariat in Addis Ababa to support surveillance, laboratory systems and networks, information systems, emergency preparedness and response, capacity development and public health research in member states.

African heads of state and government at the recent Africa Union summit issued a declaration to accelerate the implementation of international health regulations.

The declaration together with the Africa health strategy (2016-2030) and agenda 2063 – the Africa we want, offers a unique opportunity for a new public health order in Africa to safeguard the health security of the continent.

The RCC will coordinate their efforts through the regional integrated surveillance and laboratory network launched in Addis Ababa in March this year.

The RCC will coordinate surveillance for public health events in the region, assess the risk of public health events, verify or investigate rumours or signals detected by Africa CDC’s surveillance unit in Addis Ababa.

The Republic of Zambia has taken key steps to fully operationalise the centre including providing infrastructure and human resources.