The African Union’s Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has teamed up with the APO Group to hold online press conferences every month to provide Africans with vital information on the continental preparedness and response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Development Diaries learnt that the pan-African communication firm was already running similar briefings for the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Africa.

The briefings, to be hosted by the Director of the Africa CDC, Dr John Nkengasong, will deliver, among others, overviews of the epidemiologic situation at a continental level, progress updates on the AU’s Partnership for Covid-19 Testing (PACT), and the capacity building being undertaken with members states.

Nkengasong said, ‘Africa has over 1.3 billion people, and reaching them all with Covid-19 information is a major priority of the African Union, as we work to prevent deaths, save lives and prevent unnecessary harm to economies.

‘These online press conferences with APO Group will provide us with a unique way of connecting with many more people all over Africa than we reach through our regular Thursday morning briefings.

This is a practical and commendable example of the African private sector supporting African led efforts to fight Covid-19. The APO Group’s vast online network gives us the confidence that we will be reaching not only the largest possible media audience but also members of the public all over the continent’.

It was noted that the APO Group had launched their Covid-19 Initiative for Africa, donating resources and expertise to support African governments, institutions, and official organisations.

Source: Africa CDC

Photo source: World Bank Photo Collection

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