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AFENET Hosts Ministerial meeting in Abuja

African Ministers of Health and representatives during the 6th AFENET Scientific Conference (4th and 5th from Right) are Federal Minister of Health of Nigeria, Hon. Prof. Isaac Adewole, and Minister of Health from Uganda, Hon. Judith Ruth Aceng who chaired the meeting.
AFENET Hosts Ministerial meeting in Abuja

Africa Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) through the Nigeria FELTP convened a ministerial meeting hosted by Federal Minister of Health of Nigeria, Hon. Prof. Isaac Adewole, and chaired by the Minister of Health from Uganda, Hon. Judith Ruth Aceng from Uganda, ministers and representatives from over 10 African countries. The Ministers pledged to support of training more field epidemiologists to combat outbreaks and strengthen surveillance systems at national and local government levels. The ministers also pledged to support the African Field Epidemiology network in establishing more field epidemiology training programs in Africa. 

Dr. Kenneth Ofosu-Barko, Executive Director, AFENET and Dr, Sani Gwarzo, Program Director for the Nigeria Field Epidemiology Training Program, made a presentation to ministers on the support FELTPS have offered to Ministries of Health and also advocated for the establishment of a Continental Rapid Response Corp which advocates for a faster response to outbreaks. AFENET would like use her already existing trained public health workforce to create a Rapid Response team. Ministers signed a memorandum in support of AFENET’s agenda. Through AFENET, Field Epidemiology Training Programs have been key to enhancing the Ministry of Health’s ability to respond effectively to disease outbreaks in Africa.

The meeting was supported by key stakeholders such as CDC, WHO, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), among others. 

View the signed Abuja Ministerial Declaration