For years, the United States Government has relied on the extensive expertise of HBCUs to address health emergencies. HBCUs will serve as the principal partners of the United States Government in this historic effort, and will be at the forefront of our efforts to prevent, detect, and respond to disease outbreaks, including HIV and other health threats. The U.S.-Africa Institute will position our HBCUs, a uniquely American asset, in a position of leadership, complement longstanding United States investments and relationships, and usher in a new era of two-way partnership with the African continent. The United States has, over the past twenty years, made more health investments in Africa than any other nation, and continues to do so today. The United States’ longstanding leadership in public health in Africa has generated extensive networks of labs, thousands of trained personnel, and has saved lives across the African continent.
President Trump is pleased to announce that our Nation’s HBCUs are joining his Administration in this endeavor.