The first meeting of the Coordinating Committee of the Africa Union’s Continental Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) began Saturday afternoon, by teleconference.
The teleconference meeting is holding just as the African Centre for Disease Control (Africa CDC) released its recent statistics Saturday showing that out of the 55 AU member States, 50 of them are reporting COVID-19 cases 7,741, deaths of 313 and patient recoveries of 640.
The use of teleconference is part of the measures to minimize travelling and physical interaction as a way of stopping the spread of the Coronavirus disease.
The teleconference is being co-chaired by Zweli Mkhize, Minister of Health of South Africa and Amira Elfaldi Muhammed Elfaldi, the African Union Commissioner of Social Affairs. Elfaldi was formerly, Sudan’s Minister of Welfare and Social Security| Minister of Social Affairs.
The African Union Continental Response to #COVID19 was established as per the request of the Bureau of the Assembly of AU Heads of State and Government hosted by President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa in his capacity as Chairperson of the African Union.
President Ramaphosa had convened a teleconference of the Bureau of the African Union Heads of State and Government, ahead of the G20 Leaders’ Summit video-teleconference on 26 March 2020.
The Bureau of the African Union Heads of State and Government is chaired by President Ramaphosa and consists of: President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta of Mali, President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta of Kenya, President Félix Tshisekedi of Democratic Republic of Congo and President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt.
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Mr Moussa Faki Mahamat, and the Director of the Africa Centres of Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), Dr John Nkengasong, also participated in the teleconference.
The Africa CDC is a technical institution of the AU established to strengthen the capacity of member States to respond quickly and effectively to disease threats.
The Africa CDC strengthens the capacity and capability of Africa’s public health institutions as well as partnerships to detect and respond quickly and effectively to disease threats and outbreaks, based on data-driven interventions and programmes.