NGOs move to Expand Workforce for Vaccine Manufacturing in Africa
Non-Governmental Organisations, The Institut Pasteur de Dakar (IPD) and Mastercard Foundation in Nigeria have announced a partnership, a significant step towards achieving vaccine manufacturing autonomy in Africa. The multi-year project, named MADIBA (Manufacturing in Africa for Disease Immunization and Building Autonomy) is aimed at developing and building a world-class workforce to support vaccine manufacturing and establish a Centre of Training Excellence to equip talented young people, particularly young women, with specialized skills in vaccine research, manufacturing, production, and distribution.
“This partnership between the Mastercard Foundation and IPD will enhance human capital development for biomanufacturing in Africa. The project is a crucial pillar for vaccine equity and autonomy and a significant driver for high-skilled job creation among young and female Africans. We aim to train a workforce for MADIBA and other African vaccine manufacturers, develop partnerships with African universities and promote science education among young students. We extend our gratitude to the Mastercard Foundation for investing in our mission to accelerate equitable and sustainable access to health in Africa along with other financial and technical partners of the MADIBA project,’’ said Amadou Sall, the CEO of IPD.
The Guardian /S.S