French development agency and research center issue joint call to reinforce COVID-19 response capabilities in Francophone Africa

In an open editorial, the General Director of the French development agency and the CEO of Inserm (National Research Institute for Health and Medical Research) launched a call to action to support international cooperation for health to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa.

The authors point out the need to support health systems in the most fragile African states and posit that the low number of COVID-19 cases so far observed is likely due to the structural deficit of epidemic surveillance systems in the region.

National responses will be insufficient to tackle the global pandemic; AFD and Inserm will join forces to initiate a joint program to support health systems in several Francophone African countries, aiming to reinforce surveillance, early detection, and rapid response capacities.

News article - Le Figaro (in French)