One of the arms of the Africa Union (AU), the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), has appointed Margret Soko, a Public Health Lecturer at Laws Campus, as one of the advisors of its newly established Youth Advisory Team for Health (YAT4H).

Soko is the only Malawian in the five-member team. The other members have been drawn from Uganda, Ghana, Cameroon and Egypt.

An announcement made by the Africa CDC says that, by acting as representatives of the five African Union Regions, the YAT4H will help to ensure that Africa CDC’s strategies and initiatives are inclusive and adequately address young people’s health concerns.

The YAT4H will support Africa CDC to have meaningful and inclusive engagement with young people; institutionalize youth engagement within the Africa CDC on public health issues in Africa; create a forum for inter-generational dialogue; and advocate for mainstreaming of issues affecting the youth into decision making within the Africa CDC, reads the announcement in part.

Soko is representing the Southern Region of the AU Region which comprise 10 countries namely: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Swaziland, Lesotho, South Africa and Malawi.

Soko’s advisory team will be in office for 12 months beginning 1st February, 2023.

The Africa CDC is an institution of the AU which aims at supporting public health initiatives of member states and strengthening the public health capacity of their health institutions to detect, prevent, control and respond quickly and effectively to disease threats.

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