Mission and functions

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The mission of the Disease Prevention & Control Cluster is to alleviate the burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases on the people and communities of the African Region and thus contribute to the improvement of the quality of life.

The functions of the Cluster are to:

  • Provide leadership and guidance to Member States in setting policies, norms, and standards as well as developing guidelines and tools for disease prevention and control;
  • Develop appropriate strategies for advocacy and resource mobilization to support programme planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Provide support to Member States to effectively implement disease control programmes including prevention and control of epidemic and pandemic prone diseases and non-communicable diseases, elimination or eradication of targeted diseases;
  • Promote the development of a research agenda and information-sharing to guide the development of appropriate strategies and innovative interventions for the prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases including mental health, violence and injuries;
  • Support Member States to scale-up implementation of integrated disease surveillance through development of comprehensive databases, strengthening laboratory capacities, networking of centres of excellence for the purpose of monitoring of trends and guiding decision-making on major communicable and non-communicable diseases;
  • Foster collaboration and partnerships for an integrated approach to increase efficiency and effectiveness in disease prevention and control.