On April 13, 2015, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission (AUC), signed a Memorandum of Cooperation supporting the establishment of an African Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ACDCP). Work toward that end had been underway since July 2013, when African leaders, during a summit on key disease response efforts, approved an Ethiopian proposal to establish such a center and tasked the AUC with initiating steps to create it. In 2014, in response to the devastating Ebola epidemic in West Africa (see CRS In Focus IF10178, Ebola: 2104 Outbreak in West Africa), the AU fast-tracked these efforts. The AU also countered the outbreak by deploying, with U.S. assistance, more than 800 African public health responders—an effort seen as a model for the kind of actions that the ACDCP may support.
Date of Report: 5/5/2015
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