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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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AFENET Finance Team meets in Kampala

Finance team meeting at Serena Hotel Kampala, 28 July - 2 August 2014The AFENET finance team met in Kampala, Uganda from 28 July - 2 August 2014. The 5-day meeting brought together accountants and administrators from all AFENET member programs and secretariat who play a significant role in the planning, budgeting, managing expenses and ensuring accountability of program funds.  The meeting aimed at training participants on how to implement AFENET’s financial policy, prepare periodical financial reports using AFENET accounting software, guide on accounting, reporting and grants management, and sharing experiences on how to overcome the major challenges of accountability as well as internal and external audit requirements. The team had the opportunity to meet the new Executive Director Dr Kenneth Ofosu - Barko.

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NFELTP involvement in Ebola response in Nigeria

NFELTP cohort VI residents doing contact tracing during Ebola outbreak investigation in LagosThe Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program has been involved in the response of the Ebola outbreak response activities since 23 July 2014 when the outbreak was confirmed in Nigeria.  On 20 July 2014 an American Liberia man, 40 year old man was admitted to a private hospital in Lagos after falling ill at the airport. The man was reportedly ill during the flight from Monrovia (in Liberia) through Accra (Ghana) and Lome (Togo) before reaching Lagos. Passengers who embarked and disembarked from these two stopovers were considered at great risk.  He was initially treated for malaria until 23 July when a diagnosis of Ebola was made.  Media reports from Liberia reported that he had come into close contact with his sister who died of Ebola and was buried on 7 July 2014.

NFELTP has been substantially involved in the investigation and response of the outbreak. A total of 12 epidemiologists: two Resident Advisors, three graduates and seven residents from the program have been actively involved in response.

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Ebola Surveillance at Entebbe International Airport Uganda

Dr. Olivia Namusisi – Head of Programs AFENET taking part in the Ebola screening of UN officials at Entebbe International Airport UgandaThe Uganda Ministry of Health, World Health Organization and AFENET conducted a sensitization meeting on 1 August 2014 of health desk staff at Entebbe International Airport Uganda and health workers from Entebbe hospital to enhance the ongoing Ebola screening exercise at the airport.

The screening exercise which started on 11 July 2014 aims at identifying (follow up) any person who suspected to have Ebola infection, especially persons arriving directly from or who have transited through West Africa. The Ministry found it necessary to conduct the sensitization meeting for the health workers who are involved in the Ebola screening exercise and working at the isolation center in Entebbe Hospital.

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