“While Africa currently produces only 1% of its routinely used vaccines, the continent has set a bold target of meeting up to 60% of its vaccine demand through regional manufacturing by 2040,” the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) announced.
African leaders also called on governments, multilateral organizations, philanthropies, the private sector, and civil society organizations to support the full implementation of the new order that will drive global health security.
He outlined that the new public health order focuses on strong African public health institutions that represent African priorities in global health governance, and expanded manufacturing of vaccines, diagnostics, and therapeutics.
Other pillars include investment in public health workforce and leadership programs to ensure Africa has the workforce it needs to address health threats; and increased domestic investment in health, including the domestic mobilization of financial resources, human capital, technical resources.
In addition, the new public health order seeks to address Africa’s current ratio of 1.55 health workers per 1,000 people through human resource development to deliver essential health services and achieve Universal Health Coverage.
“Health workers are a crucial pillar in a well-functioning health system. Yet, they have been historically deprioritized in discussions about improving health systems,” South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa emphasized.
He further said that it is good economics to invest in the health workforce as the return is measurable and dependable.