China-US jointly support African Disease Prevention and Control Center

Nov. 23 (US time), on the sidelines of the 27th China-US Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade, with the witness of Chinese Premier Wang Yang and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, Deputy China International Trade Representative Zhang Xiangchen, Deputy Director of National Health and Family Planning Commission Wang Hesheng and Head of U.S. Agency for International Development Smith, Assistant Minister of United States Department of Health and Human Services and Assistant Director of U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention jointly signed a MOU on Supporting African Disease Prevention and Control Center among Chinese Ministry of Commerce, National Health and Family Planning Commission, and U.S. Agency for International Development, United States Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

African Disease Prevention and Control Center is an important project that the African Union (AU) and African countries have jointly built to promote African public health system construction in the period of post-Ebola, significant to the overall improvement of African public health and safety. US and China will jointly support African disease control center construction, in the principles of “Africa proposes, Africa agrees and Africa leads” under the framework of the MOU, help to strengthen African public health ability and contribute to Africa’s public health development and improve African people’s well being.

The Governing Board of the Africa Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has recently announce that Dr. John Nkengasong, PhD, MSc, a seasoned virologist, has been named as the first Director of the Africa CDC effective January 1, 2017.

On May 25 1963 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the 32 African states that had achieved independence at that time agreed to establish the Organization of African Unity (OAU). A further 21 members joined gradually, reaching a total of 53 by the time of the AU’s creation in 2002. On 9 July 2011, South Sudan became the 54th African Union (AU) member.

Through the 1990s, leaders debated the need to amend the OAU’s structures to reflect the challenges of a changing world. In 1999, the OAU Heads of State and Government issued the Sirte Declaration calling for the establishment of a new African Union. The vision for the Union was to build on the OAU’s work by establishing a body that could accelerate the process of integration in Africa, support the empowerment of African states in the global economy and address the multifaceted social, economic and political problems facing the continent.

http://english.mofcom.gov.cn/article/newsrelease/significantnews/201612/20161202000092.shtml; https://www.au.int/en/pressreleases/31679/dr-john-nkengasong-named-first-director-africa-cdc

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