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Collaborating for Global Health Security: The New Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention

Principal Investigator: Dr Anne Roemer-Mahler, Lecturer in International Relations, University of Sussex
Co-Applicant: Dr Lewis Husain, Honnorary Associate, Insititute of Decelopment Studies

Abstract: The Ebola outbreak in 2014 highlighted the threat posed by infectious diseases in an interconnected world, and revealed the weakness of existing governance arrangements for maintaining global health security. International collaboration must be widened to include ‘new entrants’ in the global health arena such as China, and it must be deepened to implement global initiatives at the local level, including strengthening health systems in low-income countries (LIC). Yet, such collaborations are uncharted territory and pose considerable challenges at the political, institutional and cultural levels. The project investigates how these challenges are being addressed in the new Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (ACDC), a collaboration between an incumbent global health leader (US), a new entrant (China), and LIC governments (African Union, WHO Regional Office for Africa). To this end, the research combines international relations research with local and regional expertise on Africa and China.

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