Accelerating vaccine equity

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Africa CDC has been a driver behind the coordinated continental response strategy and supporting individual Member States’ activities. As the goals of the response have expanded to include access to vaccines, the African Union has focused on the acquisition of COVID-19
doses, to complement wider multi-lateral and bi-lateral arrangements while Africa CDC has planned for and supported mobilisation. This includes the establishment of vaccination centres, training for all workers within the delivery system, access to ancillary commodities, community readiness, awareness and volunteer mobilisation.

Working with members of the Africa Donor Collective, the Africa Public Health Foundation designed a pooled fund mechanism and mobilised funds to support Africa CDC’s work to accelerate the roll-out of COVID-19

The main objective for this initiative is to establish COVID-19 Vaccination Centres and begin to vaccinate priority groups in areas particularly affected by the pandemic. All work is delivered in alignment and agreement with national plans, led by the Ministries of Health in African Union Member States. The initiative is currently being rolled out in the following countries:

  • Cameroon
  • Kenya
  • Namibia
  • Zambia

What is the pooled fund?

By pooling funds together, donors are able to have a wider view of the programme in delivery, leverage other funding and enable partners to streamline reporting. This has also enabled Africa CDC to determine how best to allocate and expend resources in line with budget categories, with an eye towards efficiency and putting mission delivery first. This flexibility allows partners to respond quickly to the emergency and to support new, pioneering activities that can be scaled-up.

Make a commitment to vaccine equity

If you are interested in partnering with us on this and joining the pooled fund mechanism, we would love to hear from you. Please reach out through our Partner with us or Contact us page.