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The African Union Taskforce for the establishment of the African Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention held a meeting on October 29 and 30 where fifteen states analyzed how to best establish an African CDC.

They looked at terms of reference, minimum infrastructure, human resource capacity and the capability of attaining African CDC objectives.

Another goal was for the Taskforce to map out a clear roadmap with clear timelines to get the African CDC up and running by mid 2015.

The meeting was attended by experts nominated by Member States, Regional Health Organizations, African Union International Bureau for Animal Resources, United Nations Organizations, US CDC, European CDC and China CDC who are said to be key partners in the implementation of the roadmap to establish the African CDC.

“The emergence of the Ebola epidemic in the West Africa sub-region and its potential to sidetrack Africa’s peace and security and socio-economic development agenda has provided further impetus for its establishment,” Dr. Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, Commissioner for Social Affairs at the African Union Commission said.

During the 22nd Ordinary Session of the African Union held in Addis Ababa in January this year, the Assembly of Heads of States and Governments stressed the urgency of establishing an African Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention. The Assembly also extended the mandate of the African Union Commission to work out the modalities, financial and legal implications for the African CDC in collaboration with relevant partners.

The latest country to pledge money to support the UN Ebola Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund is China with USD 6 million. The country also announced this week the details of aid that is worth around 82 million USD that will be dispatched soon to help; Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

The aid package is stated to include sending health experts to the affected countries as well as sending public health staff to train local doctors and nurses. It also includes medical equipment and materials.

China is also set to build a 100-bed treatment center in Liberia where the epidemic is most serious and send doctors and nurses there for its operation.