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Africa: Russia wants to strengthen health cooperation

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by: Andrea Spinelli Barrile | April 19, 2024

Russia will expand cooperation with African countries in the fight against infectious diseases. This was stated by Anna Popova, head of the Federal Surveillance Service for the Protection of Consumer Rights and Human Well-being (the Russian health watchdog), quoted by the Russian agency Tass.

In this sense, Russia is already interacting with Uganda, Guinea, the Republic of Congo, Burundi and Madagascar: “The specialists of our service constantly participate in assistance missions to partner countries on the African continent”, said Popova on the occasion of the first conference joint Afro-Russian international conference on the fight against infectious diseases.

In 2014-2016, the Russian health watchdog played an important role in eliminating the Ebola epidemic in the Republic of Guinea, and in 2017 it assisted Madagascar in managing the plague epidemic. Last year, Russian health specialists participated in eliminating a serious epidemic of intestinal infection in the Republic of Congo. “On the territory of the African continent, Russia has created two joint scientific centers for the prevention and research of infectious diseases: in the Republic of Guinea and in the Republic of Burundi. The centers are fighting epidemics of dangerous infections, organizing missions to monitor existing diseases. Unknown microorganisms are also being formed and new tests are being developed,” Popova said.

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