December 4, 2022

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) Acting Director,
Ahmed Ogwell Ouma, requested support for full implementation of Africa’s New Public Health Order to drive global health
security, ahead of the 77thh UN General Assembly (Sept 13-26, 2022). In 2020, as the
COVID-19 pandemic spread globally, former Africa CDC head, John Nkengasong, promoted
the call for a New Public Health Order to support Africa in building more resilient health systems, and to adapt and cope
with 21st century disease threats. The roadmap to sustainable health outcomes and
health security, which would also tackle Africa’s cancer burden, has five pillars:
strong African public health institutions; expanded manufacturing of vaccines, diagnostics,
and therapeutics; investment in the public health workforce; increased domestic investment
in health; and respectful and action-oriented partnerships.

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