As part of events marking her visit to Nigeria, the CGH Director, Dr. Rebecca Martin met with officials, cohorts and team members of the Nigeria Field Epidemiology & Laboratory Training Program (FELTP) and National Stop Transmission of Poliomyelitis (NSTOP) programs at their Africa Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) office, February 3, 2018, in Abuja, Nigeria.
The two teams made presentations on their overall mission and vision as well as successes and challenges encountered in the course of various surveillance and response activities in Nigeria.
While responding, Dr. Martin guided the teams on the overall trends in surveillance and response; she then emphasizes the message on the need to complete the Polio work in Nigeria as part of the global Polio eradication efforts.
CGH Director said NSTOP/AFENET have a crucial role in helping to inform policy and practice so that data translates into action, and added that that the research being done must align with policies and practice. Dr. Martin also emphasized the importance of all pieces coming together to work synergistically because each component has intrinsic value - workforce, incident command, commodities, lab, etc. She highlighted that Africa CDC could bring together these efforts through a regional approach since diseases know no borders.
The CGH Director, Dr. Rebecca Martin addressing a joint AFENET/NSTOP teams during a special session and presentations at the AFENET Office, Abuja, Nigeria,
as part of activities marking the Director’s visit
She advised AFENET/NSTOP to consider public, private partnerships to ensure sustainability of programs and diversification of funding.
Regarding concerns on how to maintain critical public health workers, discussants agreed that Global Health Security makes a case for a public health workforce; and the Regional Disease Surveillance Systems Enhancement (REDISSE) provides an opportunity for sustainability of such a workforce, but we need advocacy to have it integrated into the government’s plans.
Dr. Rebecca Martin, CGH Director and her delegation in a group photograph with members and leadership of the NFELTP and NSTOP programs in Nigeria,
during a visit to their office in Abuja, Nigeria
Author : Administrator
Date Published : 2018-03-27 10:15:18
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