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Southern African countries met to operationalize the Africa CDC Regional Collaborating Centres (RCC) in Lusaka, Zambia.

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC)  supports all African Countries to improve surveillance, emergency response, and prevention of infectious diseases.

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Southern African countries met on Thursday and Friday to operationalize the Africa CDC Regional Collaborating Centres (RCC) in Lusaka, Zambia to improve surveillance, emergency response and prevention of infectious and non-communicable diseases.

The Africa CDC is working to harness the public health assets that already exist in the region.

The new Africa CDC Regional Collaborating Centres will work closely with the Africa CDC secretariat in Addis Ababa to support surveillance, laboratory systems and networks, information systems, emergency preparedness and response, capacity development and public health research in Member States.

The Republic of Zambia has taken key steps to fully operationalise the Centre including providing infrastructure and human resources.

The RCC will coordinate their efforts through the Regional Integrated Surveillance and Laboratory Network (RISLNET) launched in Addis Ababa in March this year.

The collaboration and support of the RCCs is key in delivering an Africa CDC without walls that supports the continent at the point of need.

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