U.S., African Union Sign Memorandum To Form African CDC

News outlets report on the signing of a memorandum between the U.S. and the African Union to create a disease control and prevention center in Africa.

CIDRAP News: U.S., African agreement formalizes creation of African CDC
“Top officials from the United States and the African Union (A.U.) today formalized a collaboration between the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and its African counterparts to create the African Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (African CDC)…” (Schnirring, 4/13).

HealthDay/U.S. News: U.S. Agrees to Help Launch ‘African CDC’
“…The African CDC is scheduled to launch later this year with the creation of an African Surveillance and Response Unit. This unit will include an emergency operations center that can coordinate and staff future health emergency responses on the continent, [a U.S. CDC] news release said. … Under the agreement, the U.S. CDC will provide technical expertise for the new African unit and advise on future development of the institution…” (Preidt, 4/13).

Reuters: U.S., African Union sign deal to form African disease agency
“…U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, chairperson of the African Union Commission, signed a memo of cooperation formalizing the collaboration between the African Union Commission and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…” (Steenhuysen, 4/13).