A new public health order for Africa’s health security

October 16, 2017

On July 3, 2017, African heads of state and government issued a declaration and committed to accelerating implementation of the 2005 International Health Regulations (IHR)1 and tasked the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), the African Union Commission (AUC), and WHO with supporting the venture.1 The IHR is a global legal agreement that aims to prevent and respond to the spread of diseases to avoid their becoming international crises.2 The Ebola virus disease outbreak that started in March 2014, resulted in an estimated 11 000 deaths3 and US$3 billion in economic losses in west Africa.
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