AN AMBITIOUS PLAN TO SCALE UP COVID-19 RESPONSE IN THE AFRICAN UNION
The Partnership to Accelerate COVID-19 Testing (PACT): Trace, Test, and Track is a new initiative by The African Union Commission and the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC). This initiative is aimed at implementing the African Joint Continental Strategy for COVID-19.
PACT aims to work on preventing severe illness and death from COVID -19 in African Union member states by strengthening of COVID -19 testing capacity in countries with minimal testing capacity. The goal is to ensure that at least 10 million untested Africans get tested in the next six months. In addition, PACT will partner with organizations such as the WHO and Ethiopian Airlines to ensure the supply of food, medicine, and other donations is carried out successfully. PACT will also support the deployment of community healthcare workers to support tracing and testing of one million Africans in one week.
PACT will be coordinated and led by Africa CDC, in close collaboration with the Africa Task Force for Coronavirus (AFTCOR). The accelerated COVID -19 tracking and testing are key in containing the virus transmission in Africa and also for accelerated socio-economic recovery that should bring the Africa integration agenda back on track.