Africa Pathogen Genomics Initiative (Africa PGI)

Africa PGI

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.