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Centre for Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases (CERID) is one of Alexander von Humboldt's Research Hubs in Africa, funded by the Bayer Foundation. CERID is a home research hub aimed at strengthening African capabilities and systems for enabling a rapid and effective response to infectious diseases with epidemic or pandemic potential arising within the countries or those imported from overseas.

Our Mission

Overcoming emerging and reemerging infectious diseases and their effects with genomic research

Depending on various factors, infectious diseases can spread geographically from a country putting the rest of the world at risk. To prevent the spread of a disease with epidemic and pandemic potential, increased awareness, active disease surveillance, early diagnosis, and rapid communication of health systems to implement intervention measures are critical components. We hoped to use our well-equipped laboratory and well-trained personnel at CERID to significantly contribute to the control of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases in Africa and elsewhere.

Our Aim

  • Establish and maintain a well-equipped genomic laboratory
  • Conduct cutting-edge genomic research focusing on infectious diseases
  • Train personnel (including postgraduate students) on current rapid technologies to detect and characterize infectious pathogens circulating in Africa
  • Build human capacity that will be well prepared to handle disease outbreaks.
  • Establish a biobank that meets international standards.

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