One of the Institute of Pathogen Genomics’ flagship initiatives is the Africa Pathogen Genomics Initiative (Africa PGI), a new partnership that aims to strengthen laboratory systems and enhance disease surveillance by equipping the continent’s public health institutions with the tools, training and data infrastructure to fully leverage critical genomic sequencing technologies. This new initiative will establish a cross-continent, integrated disease surveillance network, including capacity building in 20+ NPHIs to maximize the benefits of next-generation sequencing tools towards driving genomic-based public health action. This laboratory network will help identify and inform research and public health responses to COVID-19, other emerging epidemic threats and endemic diseases that disproportionately affect Africa, such as Malaria, Tuberculosis, HIV, Cholera, and other infectious diseases.
Africa CDC Press Release on the Launch of Africa PGI
On October 12, 2020, a group of public, private and non-profit organizations, led by the African Union Commission through the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), launched the Africa Pathogen Genomics Initiative (Africa PGI) in a US$100 million, four-year partnership to expand access to next-generation genomic sequencing tools and expertise designed to strengthen public health surveillance and laboratory networks across Africa.