Construction of Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention headquarters in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa is nearing completion.
Construction work on the project started in late 2020.
Located in the African Village, south of Addis Ababa, the new site covers an area of 90,000m2 with a total construction area of nearly 40,000m2. When completed the building will include an emergency operation centre, a data centre, a laboratory, a resource centre, briefing rooms, a training centre, a conference centre, offices, and expatriate apartments, all to be constructed, furnished and equipped by the Government of China.
The headquarters building is expected to become one of the best-equipped centres for disease control in Africa, allowing the Africa CDC to play its role as the technical institution coordinating disease prevention, surveillance and control in the continent, in partnership with the national public health institutes and ministries of health of Member States.
Construction of the Africa CDC headquarters is being sponsored by China which also supported the construction of AU headquarters in Addis Ababa.
The new new Africa CDC headquarters is expected to boost Africa’s capacity to handle disease outbreaks such as Ebola and AIDS that have resulted in the deaths of thousands of people across the continent.
It was mooted in 2018 during the 7th Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China – Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Beijing.