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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.
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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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Onchocerciasis Study in Northern Uganda

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.

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Uganda Conducts National Measles Campaign

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.

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Board of Directors Meeting
Date: 24 - 27 August 2015
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