Nigeria has faced many outbreaks in the last year. Each of these outbreaks provides an opportunity to learn from each other.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), in collaboration with partners including the World Health Organisation, United Nations International Children Education Fund (UNICEF), Pro-Health International, Public Health England, University of Maryland Baltimore and African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET), is holding its 3rd Annual Disease Surveillance Review Meeting (ADSRM) with the theme: ‘Transforming Public Health Surveillance and Response…Priorities and Innovations’.
The forum which brings together State Epidemiologists, Disease Notification Officers, public health laboratory scientists and other stakeholders involved in disease control activities in Nigeria is holding in Kano State from the 4th- 6th of April 2018.
The theme of this year’s meeting focuses on innovations and priorities for disease prevention, detection and control activities in Nigeria. The recent Joint External Evaluation (JEE) of public health capacities for Nigeria, in line with the International Health Regulation (IHR 2005), identified the strengthening of real time surveillance, diagnostic capacity and emergency operations as priorities for the country. This meeting brings together all the relevant actors to focus on this.
This forum also provides an opportunity to review the contributions of various technical components within the public health system including disease surveillance, laboratory, specialised risk areas, public health research. A major focus at this meeting is in strengthening inter-sectoral collaboration especially within the One Health framework.
The event will feature plenary sessions, panel discussions, State Ministry of Health reports, capacity building sessions on surveillance software currently deployed by NCDC, partners’ updates and a review of the NCDC Strategic Plan for 2017-2022.
At the end of the three-day meeting, the goal is to develop a revised strategic framework to guide a strengthened approach to disease preparedness and response in Nigeria.
NCDC Toll-free Number: 0800-970000-10
Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu,
Nigeria Centre for Disease Control
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