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EU supports Africa’s continental COVID-19 response

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The EU has provided €10 million towards the implementation of the Africa Joint Continental Strategy for COVID-19 Outbreak. The funding is the first contribution by Team Europe to African continental action against COVID-19. 

The funding will specifically support the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) to provide in-country training on surveillance to healthcare workers and rapid responders in 30 African Union Member States, prioritizing those with significant community transmission.

In the next four months, the Africa CDC will support  virtual training workshops and the deployment of 3000 community healthcare workers to enhance their capacity for early detection, effective monitoring, and contact tracing. It will support the deployment of 180 rapid responders with expertise in surveillance, laboratory, and case management to 25 other African Union Member States in order to address the immediate needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition, the money will contribute to strengthening the coordination function of the Africa Continental Taskforce for Coronavirus (AFTCOR), an implementing instrument of the Joint Continental Strategy, and implementation of the Test, Trace and Treat initiative, also known as the Partnership to Accelerate COVID-19 Testing (PACT).