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AFENET’s Board of Directors Meet in Kampala

(L – R) Dr. Sheba N. Gitta,  Dr. Kenneth Ofosu – Barko, Dr. Kofi Mensah Nyarko, Dr. Akin Oyemankinde, Prof. Elizeus Rutebemberwa, Ms. Peace Kinani, Prof. Fred Newton Binka

The AFENET Board of Directors held a face to face meeting in Kampala, Uganda from 26 – 29 August 2014. The objective of the meeting was to review and approve the work plan and budget for next financial year 2014/ 2015 as well as discuss strategies for implementation of planned activities for financial year 2014/2015. The first two days were dedicated to Board Subcommittee meetings.

The current Board of Directors was elected at a General Assembly meeting on 22 November 2013.

 

Cholera Outbreak Investigation in Greater Accra Region

Mr. Robert Domo Nuoh - GEFLTP Cohort VII resident interviewing a patient during the cholera outbreak in AccraFive GFELTP residents in Cohorts VI and VII, together with the National Disease Surveillance Department and the Greater Accra Regional Health Directorate participated in a cholera outbreak investigation in the Greater Accra Region, Ghana from 24 July– 3 August 2014. The outbreak occurred in the metropolitan areas of La Dadekotopon, Lodzokuku Kurowor, Ga South, Ga West and Tema Metropolis all in Accra.

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GFELTP holds Ebola Preparedness Meeting

Prof. Col. Edwin Afari - Coordinator – GFELTP (Far Left) making a presentation during the Ebola preparedness meetingOn 5 August 2014, Ghana FELTP held a meeting with Dr. Kyei Faried, - Head of Disease Control and Prevention Department, Ghana Health Service and also a member of the National Technical Coordinating Committee to discuss the national preparedness and response plan for Ebola. The meeting was also to draft the University of Ghana’s preparedness and response plan.

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EMBLEM Matched Control Enrolment in West Nile Region, Uganda

Nelson Ondeng’e – Laboratory Technologists explaining to participants the samples and how they will be collected at Eloqu village, Arua District
The Epidemiology of Burkitt Lymphoma in East-African Children and Minors (EMBLEM) conducted a routine matched population control enrollment in 17 districts in the West Nile Region of Uganda. The exercise which began in July 2014 was concluded on 27 August 2014 registering over 100 controls. The Ugandan team was joined by a delegation of five from Homabay District Hospital, Nyanza and Moi University Hospital, Eldoret in Kenya. The Kenyan team was invited to observe and gain firsthand experience on how to engage communities in preparation for a repeated exercise which will be conducted in Kenya.  The team also participated in the field work planning and coordinated field sample collection, processing and return of results to participants.  The Kenyan team included: Pamela Were – Study Coordinator (Team Leader), Isaiah Genga – Senior Technical Supervisor, Racheal Ruto and Nelson Ondeng’e – Laboratory Technologist, and James Onyango – Transport Officer.  
 
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