The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) with the support of the German Academic Exchange Service has established a centre dedicated to addressing the threat of global pandemics to health.
It is known as the German-West African Centre for Global Health and Pandemic Prevention (G-WAC). It is expected to be officially launched soon. Construction of the G-WAC project which officially started in May this year was funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) at a cost of about 2.8 million euros.
Subsequently, KNUST on Wednesday hosted a team from their German counterparts under the auspices of its College of Health Sciences to discuss a wide range of issues connected with the sustainability of the project.
The G-WAC is one of the eight new DAAD-funded Global Centres for Climate and Health to be established across low and middle-income countries to address global challenges.
It is to look at the extensive agriculture and climate change spill-over of pathogens from wild animals to humans, increased human mobility and also the key pillars of resilient health systems per the WHO framework.
Its scope includes effective governance, sustainable financing mechanisms, appropriate human resource capacity, availability of essential medicines and technology, reliable health information, and responsive health service delivery.
The German Ambassador to Ghana, Christoph Retzlaff, lauded the initiative and assured Germany’s continual support.