Global Health

In its recent 2009 report, the World Health Organization declared the H1N1 flu (swine flu) as the world’s newest common flu. Many countries instituted quarantine measures at the ports of entry while others still scramble to deliver the flu vaccine with a rare urgency; all of these were in an attempt to help contain the new flu. The vaccine development and response time is near perfect in most developed countries. Healthcare delivery in China, Japan, the Scandinavians, Europe and North America are highly scientific, with advanced trained medical personnel with specialized training. In short, healthcare delivery in developed countries draws a sharp contrast to Third World countries with particular reference to Africa. Diseases do spread beyond borders through migration of people, goods and animals. Recent event on HIV/AIDS situation led US officials to lift the more than two decade ban on visitors with infection seeking to enter the country or adjust their immigration status whilst they are already in the country. In short diseases control can only and effectively be controlled if it is considered and thought of as a global issue especially in the case of certain communicable diseases. 

Nearly 40 out of the top 83 countries reported with high incidence of HIV/AIDS are African countries. This alarming report is further compounded by the fact that other STDs are higher as well this is because condoms are a luxury and so are common analgesics for pain. 

The rate of infection and fatality due to STDs vary greatly from different perspective; but one common understanding is that Africa is still leading and it is a big problem that aggravates worries as well as loss of hope for the Dark Continent. This is what drives CdcAfrica; there is still hope if there is life. The health needs in most African countries are dire, in spite of this however; many including the countries that have higher rates of infection are underplaying the dangers of these diseases, their escalation and devastation on its people particularly children.

Disease prevention and control is a human right issue according to the World Health Organization (WHO). A UN organization; the Global Compact is seeking partnership through its program: Communication on Progress (COP) with institutions and companies around the globe to help promote and implement a workplace health and safety program and to share the impact of the COPs results with other institutions, government and people around the globe.

There have been some steps taken by many companies like Volkswagen in championing this effort.  Many more are emulating this effort. Efforts of these types are appreciated and can’t be underestimated even though its purpose and emphasis is to primarily address the health at the work place. Often times, health promotional activities are concentrated in urban centers thereby leaving a vast majority of the population at the country-side disadvantaged.

Center for Diseases Control and Prevention in Africa is seeking to harness all existing research data available through the market place, conduct its own research in selected countries in Africa to help it determine where a pilot program may help to trigger a robust and spontaneous cooperation between governments, non-governmental, research institutions, clinics and peoples whose lives have been affected by debilitating disease such as malaria, HIV/AIDS, cholera, etc.

Center for Diseases Control and Prevention in Africa’s (cdcAfrica) plan of action will help to be a voice in forecasting the outbreak of disease through an African health early warning system. Whilst the project’s core activity will seek to provide immediate tangible relieve in the area of early childhood vaccinations and also treatment to people suffering under one or more of these diseases mentioned, its central task will be to research, educate, train and create public awareness through its African initiative and cooperation with all stake holders.

CdcAfrica like other NGOs has made some strides aimed at bringing health relieve and assistance to many; cdcAfrica programs, scope of delivery of its services, extensive public awareness creation, disease prevention and control spans through a multi-lateral cooperation with nations and other NGOs on a regular basis in order to ensure the fluidness of objectivity of the program long after the unlikely event of an insolvency or even just a simple presence withdrawal.