Center for Diseases Control and Prevention in Africa (CdcAfrica) is a collaboration of volunteer medical professionals in the US working alongside their Third World Countries (particularly in Africa) local counterparts to bring basic health solutions to the dire medical needs of millions of suffering people in Africa and also making attempt to offer a platform for emergency medical relief efforts around the world during catastrophic situations.  

Please go here for more information : http://www.cdcafrica.com/index.html

 

 

PAMJ is a peer-reviewed, online, open-access medical journal, published with support from AFENET. A highly talented and qualified team of editorial staff with three managing editors and over 700 experienced reviewers from 20 countries manage manuscripts ranging from research papers to commentaries in manifold medical domains like epidemiology, maternal and child health, radiology, clinical medicine, health economy, and nutrition.

Achievements:

 

  • On 29 September 2010, PAMJ published its 100th article after only 2 years of existence
  • PAMJ is currently indexed on PubMed- the largest database for scientific journals in the world
  • PAMJ is also listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), African Index Medicus (AIM), African Journals Online (AJOL), EBSCO,SciVerse, SCOPUS, Embase, Index Copernicus (IC), and is a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) and Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI).
  • PAMJ has introduced and continues to operate an article-level metrics system to assess the impact of each article from the very day of publication.

The Uganda Immunization Training Program (UITP) aims at training mid-level immunization personnel and managers of the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) in Uganda, with skills in immunization service delivery and vaccine management through short training programs.

Started in December 2007,UITP is a collaboration of the Task Force for Global Health, Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH), Uganda Ministry of Health, and the Uganda National Expanded Program on Immunization (UNEPI). The project is funded by the Merck Company Foundation under its Merck Vaccine Network Africa (MVN-A) branch.

To achieve its objectives UITP is addressing some of the challenges in EPI training using materials adapted from WHO AFRO and conducting cascade training on immunization service delivery for national and district level managers. The long term goal is to train all EPI staff in Ministry of Health facilities in Uganda.

Achievements

  • Reviewed and adopted training materials
  • Participated in polio eradication campaigns
  • Conducted operational-level trainings
  • Trained district and health sub-district mid-level managers in immunization service delivery

APARET is a European Union funded four-year program that is implemented by a consortium of institutions including AFENET, the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (Germany), the US Centers for Disease Control and public health training institutions in Africa, among others.

The program targets recent graduates of FELTP/FETPs with the aim of providing fellows with specialized training to support the development of independent research activities including writing and applying for a major research grant in order to catalyze the development of self-driven research activities. Each fellowship lasts two years, during which fellows conduct an epidemiologic research with their host institutes, where they are supervised and mentored.

 

EMBLEM is a case control study of 1,500 Burkhitt’s Lymphoma cases and 3,000 controls that is being conducted in East Africa to examine whether having one or more malaria-resistant single nucleotide proteins (SNPs) protects against Burkhitt’s Lymphoma.

Burkhitt’s Lymphoma is the most common childhood cancer in Equatorial Africa and malaria is the most widespread childhood exposure that is both treatable and preventable. Confirming the association between malaria and Burkhitt’s Lymphoma can suggest novel ways to prevent and possibly treat Burkhitt’s Lymphoma and offers a rare opportunity to gain insights in gene-environmental interactions that influence the geographic distribution of Burkhitt’s Lymphoma.

EMBLEM Objectives

Achievements

  • Recruited and trained study staff in Lacor Hospital Established functional office and laboratory in Lacor Procured equipment and laboratory supplies Created awareness about the study in the community Developed study documents Conducted household census in three selected villages in three districts by Uganda Bureau of Statistics Screened 47 and enrolled 22 study subjects

 

For more information about EMBLEM visit the project website http://www.emblem.cancer.gov/collaboration/

The AFENET-LAB project seeks to assist Ministries of Health to build and strengthen public health laboratory capacity in Africa by creating a laboratory network to aid communicable disease control and inform public health policy. AFENET-L is funded through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). 

To better enable data capture, use and sharing, AFENET-L is pioneering the implementation of the Basic Laboratory Information Systems software in partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Georgia Institute of Technology, and Uganda’s Ministry of Health.

To achieve its Objectives AFENET-L also trains equipment technicians in selected countries, and supports their laboratories through equipment calibration aimed at fast tracking laboratory accreditation.

Achievements

  • Developed and distributed laboratory outbreak kits to countries in the Network
  • Supported response efforts to cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe (2008-09) by providing laboratory testing reagents
  • Participated in the harmonization of laboratory training materials in Uganda
  • Developed AFENET Field Laboratory Training Manual
  • Launched HIV Quality Assurance Proficiency Testing Program

AFENET Lab projects include:  

 

  • HIV External Quality Assurance (EQA)
  • Strengthening Laboratory Management Towards Accreditation (SLMTA)
  • African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM)
  • African Center for Laboratory Equipment Maintenance (ACLEM)
  • Biosafety and Equipment maintenance
  • Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT)
    • PIMA evaluations in Tanzania, Cameroon
    • HIV Drug resistance study in Uganda
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