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Onchocerciasis Study in Northern Uganda

Research team setting up camp for onchocerciasis study in Kitgum and Lamwo districts, UgandaAFENET in collaboration with the CDC Atlanta and the Ministry of Health, Vector Control Division (VCD) recently concluded an onchocerciasis study in Kitgum and Lamwo districts in Northern Uganda. The study which was conducted from 10 – 30 September 2015 is a follow up to a prior study conducted in 2010. The objective of the study was to establish the chronological persistence of onchocerciasis in the study area after repeated Mass Drug Administration (MDA) rounds. In 2010, a study was conducted to establish the level and prevalence of onchocerciasis in the area. As a result of the study, MDA were recommended twice a year. The recent study sought to establish the current prevalence of onchocerciasis after the MDA and also to gauge the effectiveness of the serological methods of testing which include blood and skin testing.


Uganda Conducts National Measles Campaign

A child being vaccinated in Kitgum, Uganda during the national, measles vaccination campaign (Photos courtesy of Dr Nicholas Ayebazibwe)The Uganda Ministry of Health in partnership with WHO, UNICEF, REDCROSS, AFENET and Lions International conducted a national measles campaign from 3 – 5 October 2015. The campaign was in response to the ongoing measles outbreak in Uganda. The campaign also coincided with the vaccination schedule which is conducted every three years. The target age group for the measles campaign was 6 – 59 months old.


Nigeria FELTP wins John Snow Award at TEPHINET Conference

Mr. Kayode K. Akanbi, NFELTP Cohort V resident (Center) after receiving the John Snow Award at the 8th Global TEPHINET Conference in Mexico.Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (NFELTP) was honoured with the John Snow award for best overall presentation at the 8th Global Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET). The award was given to Mr. Kayode K. Akanbi, Cohort V resident of the NFELTP for his presentation on: “Ebola Virus Disease – Gaps in Knowledge and Practices among Health Care Workers – Lagos, Nigeria August 2014”.


Dr Tom Frieden Visits Liberia's Basic FELTP Program

Cohort I Basic FETP trainees. Front Row: Right to Left ( Prof Scott McNabb - Emory University, Dr Farhat Ghada - Emory University, Amb Deborah Malac - US Ambassador to Liberia, Dr Tom Frieden - US CDC Director, Hon Tolbert Nyenswah -  Deputy Minister of Health and Dr Herbert Brian Kazoora – Project Coordinator and Epidemiologist - AFENETDr Tom Frieden - Director Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Deborah Malac - US Ambassador to Liberia, paid a courtesy visit to the first cohort of Liberia's Basic FETP on 5 August 2015. In his remarks Dr Frieden, expressed excitement over the launch of Basic FETP in Liberia. He emphasized the crucial role of FETP trainees in controlling future threats and outbreaks, and in building long-term public health capacity, an urgent need in Liberia. He welcomed trainees into the broader FETP family and emphasized CDC support for the program.
AFENET participated in the launch of the Basic FETP which was launched on 3 August 2015  at the Emergency Operations Centre, Liberia Ministry of Health.  The first cohort of 30 residents began their training with a week long course from 3 – 7 August 2015 and thereafter undertook field projects in Surveillance data analysis and reporting and data quality auditing from selected health facilities. 


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