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Surveillance Training for Ebola Preparedness (STEP) in Mali

Cohort I participants during the Surveillance Training for Ebola Preparedness (STEP) training in MaliThe African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) in partnership with the Mali Ministry of Health (MOH), CDC, and TEPHINET organized a training of district surveillance officers to build the country’s capacity to conduct Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR). The workshop focused on improving the skills of the participants to use data to characterize the pattern of health events in populations and detect disease outbreaks in the community so as to guide the ministry of health in public health decision-making.  Mali is considered at high risk of an Ebola outbreak as it borders Guinea, Senegal and Sierra Leone which have all been affected by the current Ebola outbreak.
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Can Africa Obtain Global Health Security?

Participants at the World Health Organization (WHO) High Level Partners Meeting Building Health Security Beyond Ebola convened by the from 13 to 15 July 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa (Courtesy of Racheal Chelimo)Over 200 delegates met in a high level partners meeting in Cape Town, South Africa to discuss Global Health Security (GHS). The meeting themed “Building Health Security Beyond Ebola”, was hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) from 13 – 15 July 2015. The meeting opened discussions on how to prepare the world for the next outbreak. The discussions centered on developing health security, working towards an integrated response effort and establishing a continental frame work for action in terms of surveillance and resources. The Global Health Security Agenda seeks to secure the world from infectious disease threats by preventing and reducing the likelihood of outbreaks, early detection, rapid and effective response. Global Health Security can be attained through better communication, modern quarantine methods, coordination and improved capabilities for effective response.

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Nigeria FELTP Scoops Prestigious Award at EIS Conference, Atlanta

Dr. Akin Oyemakinde – Program Director NFELTP showing off his award for best FELTP in outbreak response. Standing beside him on the left is FETP Branch Chief - Dr. Linda Quick and on the right is CDC Director - Dr. Thomas Frieden (Photo courtesy of Ken Johnson)The Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (NFELTP) scooped a prestigious award for “Best FELTP in Outbreak Response” at the 64th Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Conference FETP International Night on 22 April 2015. The award was handed out to the Nigeria FELTP Program Director – Dr. Akin Oyemakinde from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director - Dr. Thomas Frieden and FETP Branch Chief - Dr. Linda Quick.  The FETP International Night was hosted by CDC’s Division of Global Health Protection and the Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET). The event provides a forum where Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) residents and graduates give scientific presentations on surveillance and outbreak investigations as well as exchange knowledge with other FELTPS.
 

Zimbabwe FETP Resident wins the William H. Foege award for the best scientific oral presentation

Mr. Takura Matare looks on as Dr. William Foege signs the plaque after being voted the best scientific oral presenter at the EIS Conference FETP International Night in Atlanta, USA on 22 April 2015 (Photo courtesy of Ken Johnson)Mr. Takura Matare, a recent graduate of the Zimbabwe FETP (Cohort XXI) made the program proud by winning the William H. Foege award for the best scientific oral presentation at the 64th Annual EIS conference FETP International night on 22 April 2015. This is the second time in a row the Zimbabwe FETP has won this award after another graduate, Mr. Donewell Bangure won the same award in 2014. Mr. Notion Gombe (Senior Assistant Field Coordinator) accompanied Mr. Matare to receive the award.

 

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