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

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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.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 01 March 2016 06:58 ) Read more...

Onchocerciasis Study in Northern Uganda

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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.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 November 2015 09:02 ) Read more...

Uganda Conducts National Measles Campaign

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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.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 November 2015 09:03 ) Read more...

Nigeria FELTP wins John Snow Award at TEPHINET Conference

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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”.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 September 2015 13:31 ) Read more...

Dr Tom Frieden Visits Liberia's Basic FELTP Program

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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. 
Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 September 2015 07:37 ) Read more...

20 Surveillance Officers Graduate from South Sudan IFELTP

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Graduates pose with their certificates of completion outside the training venue. First right is Dr. Peter Wasswa - AFENETCohort IV residents of the South Sudan MOH Immunizations Field Epidemiology Training Program graduated on the 5 August 2015 at the New York Hotel, Juba, South Sudan.  The ceremony was officiated by Dr Muki Johnson- IFETP and GCE Project Director and Dr James Ransom- CDC-DGHP and Principal Investigator Grand Challenges Exploration (GCE).

The African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) was represented by Dr Peter Wasswa - Scientific Writer and Technical Liaison to the South Sudan IFETP. The graduates comprised of 20 state and county surveillance officers, Monitoring and Evaluation officers, county Expanded Program on Immunisation supervisors (EPI), county laboratory staff, Guinea worm surveillance officers, and other county staff.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 09 September 2015 13:43 ) Read more...
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