30 June 2017
‘Surveillance-Response’ represents the fifth thematic training programs (TTP) of the research consortium Afrique One-ASPIRE. The main goal of this TTP is the meaningful integration of animal and public health surveillance systems including Demographic Surveillance Systems (HDSS) and the use of new technologies (e.g. mobile phones) to define and establish a feasible surveillance and response system for zoonotic diseases.
The seven fellows recruited within the TTP surveillance and response gathered with their leader, Dr Richard Bongo, and co-leader, Prof Joram Buza in N’djamena, Chad from the 27th to the 29th of June 2017 to (i) develop their research proposals, (ii) to exchange experiences, view and (iii) to work on possible collaborations. The director of Afrique One-ASPIRE, Prof Bassirou Bonfoh, the financial officer, Ibrahim Doukouré and the training coordinator, Dr Katharina Kreppel, participated also at this meeting.
Fellows’ presentations, capacity building and a visit to the laboratory of the host organization were the main components of this 3-day meeting. The event represented an opportunity for the fellows to get to know more about Afrique One-ASPIRE and to obtain important information for their research which will integrate the ‘One Health’ approach into zoonoses surveillance and response strategies.