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African Ministers Commit to support AFENET through FELTPS

African Ministers Commit to support AFENET through FELTPS

The African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) convened a meeting of over 1000 field epidemiologists from Africa and beyond from 8 – 12 August 2016 to discuss strategies of enhancing Global Health Security through Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programs (FELTPS).

During the meeting, a side ministerial meeting hosted by Federal Minister of Health of Nigeria, Hon. Prof. Isaac Adewole, and chaired by the Minister of Health from Uganda, Hon. Judith Ruth Aceng from Uganda, Health Ministers and representatives from over 10 African countries pledged to support of training more field epidemiologists to combat outbreaks and strengthen surveillance systems at national and local government levels. The ministers pledged to support the African Field Epidemiology network in establishing more field epidemiology training programs in Africa. AFENET currently operates in 28 African countries namely: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda and Zimbabwe. AFENET implements 16 training programs as well as a frontline basic epidemiology training course in most of the countries where AFENET is present.


Implementing the Global Health Security Agenda through efficient Medical Counter Measures

Medical Counter Measures Supply Chain Workshop at the AFENET SecretariatThe African Field Epidemiology Network organized a Medical Counter Measures Supply Chain Workshop for medical personnel who are key in dispensing vaccines, antiviral drugs, antibiotics, antitoxin, among others in support of treatment or prophylaxis (oral or vaccination).  Medical Counter Measures and Personnel deployment is a package of the Global Health Security Agenda whose main objective is to improve access in an efficient and effective manner of medical and non-medical counter measures during health emergencies. 


Visit by the Preparedness and Response Project (P&R) Project Director

The AFENET Executive Director, Dr. Kenneth Ofosu-Barko speaking during the visit of The P&R Project Director Jerry Martin (Center) and Mr. Mark Rasmuson, Chief of Party at DAI (Third Right). Next to Dr. Ofosu-Barko is the P&R Africa Regional Director, Dr Baba Soumare.  The Preparedness and Response Project (P&R) Project Director Jerry Martin visited the secretariat on 21 January 2016. Dr Martin gave a talk about the project and answered questions from secretariat staff. Jerry was accompanied by  and the Africa Regional Director, Preparedness and Response . Dr Martin highlighted the project’s efforts to help countries develop preparedness and response plans for emerging pandemic threat outbreaks and the engagement of the extractive industries and the private sector to aid surveillance efforts. He also mentioned the Africa Livestock Futures Model that aims to reduce the risk of zoonoses transmission.

Visit of the CDC Uganda Country Director

AFENET staff Group Photo with CDC Country Director - Uganda, Dr. Steven Wiersma(7th from Right) and the Uganda Program Resident Advisor, Dr Bao-Ping Zhu (11th from Left)The incoming CDC Uganda Country Director Dr Steven Wiersma visited the AFENET Secretariat on 20 January 2016. Accompanying him was the Uganda Program Resident Advisor, Dr Bao-Ping Zhu. In a speech he delivered to staff at the Secretariat, Dr Wiersma highlighted CDC’S priorities for Uganda with reference to PEPFAR and Global Health Security funding. The latter will have AFENET as an implementing partner. Dr Wiersma mentioned the export of expertise sourced from AFENET FELTPs that is documented in an article titled “Florida Epidemic Intelligence Service Program: The First Five Years, 2001-2006” (PMCID: PMC2233739).



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