By Effie Mphande
The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention – CDC has called for private sector engagement in funding the control and prevention of infectious diseases in Africa.
Africa CDC Head of Policy and Health Diplomacy Dr. Benjamin Djoudalbaye says this is because any disease outbreak has repercussions on the social and economic impact on the private sector.
“Considering that Africa faces challenges in health care financing, the private sector should come on board and assist,” Dr. Djoudalbaye said.
Dr. Djoudalbaye was speaking at the Media roundtable for Health Reporters in Southern Africa in Lusaka.
He said disease outbreaks knows no boundary and can have adverse effects on the sustainability of the private sector.
Dr. Djoudalbaye explained that during the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa the private sector came up with an initiative called “Africa Ebola Trust Fund to manage the disease.
He said AU Member States need to have a strong public health institution if they are to succeed in the implementation of some of the projects under African Union Agenda 2063.
The projects under the African Union Agenda 2063 include free movement of people, single African air transport market and free trade among others.
Dr. Djoudalbaye said the projects have a huge implication on public health hence the need for strong public health institution.
And Zambia National Public Health Institute Head of Communication, Information and Research Mazyanga Mazaba said the country has a lot of cross border initiatives to enhance disease surveillance.
Ms. Mazaba also said Southern African Development Community – SADC Member States are developing an elimination strategy on cholera, which has ravaged the region.
The three-day Media Round table for Health Reporters in Southern Africa has been organized and sponsored by the Africa CDC.
The Africa CDC is a new organization established by AU Member States to help strengthen disease surveillance, control and prevention and Zambia is host to one of the five regional collaborating centres in Africa.
Others are Egypt, Gabon, Kenya and Nigeria.