US President Joe Biden on Monday appointed John Nkengasong, one of Africa’s foremost public health experts, as US ambassador. This was announced by the White House in an official statement, a copy of which has reached VOA Africa. If confirmed by the Senate, Dr. Nkengasong will be responsible for coordinating PEPFAR, an American agency that finances the fight against the scourges of AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis in developing countries, particularly in Africa. .
He will be responsible for a budget allocation of around $ 7 billion per year, according to the New York Times daily. “Dr Nkengasong will be the first person of African descent to hold this post” since the establishment of PEPFAR under the Bush administration in 2003, the statement said. The entry of this expert to the State Department will cause a certain loss for the African Union. Since 2016, in fact, he has been stationed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on behalf of the AU, where he serves as director of the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), the Pan-African agency for the fight against major endemics. (FLY)