The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) in collaboration with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta and the World Health Organization, is organizing a workshop on Influenza for Laboratory Scientists, Epidemiologists and Veterinarians from African countries.
The five-day workshop at the NMIMR, Legon, will focus on recent Avian Influenza outbreaks in Africa, review sample collection and shipment, protocols for influenza virus detection and global platforms for influenza data sharing. It will introduce tools for pandemic risk assessment and emphasize the One Health Approach for rapid response for pandemic influenza. Expected outcomes of the workshop include reinforcement of rapid response and control measures for avian influenza for a better understanding of the risk assessment process for pandemic influenza and improved networking on influenza surveillance in the African Region.
The conference will be attended by 60 participants including Laboratory Scientists, Epidemiologists and Veterinarians from 20 African countries .
1. Burkina Faso
4. Cote d'Ivoire
5. Democratic Republic of Congo
14. Sierra Leone
18. United Republic of Tanzania
Review of Influenza sample collection and shipment
Current protocols for influenza virus detection
Global platforms for influenza data sharing
Recent Avian influenza outbreaks- threat to Africa
Introduction to tools for pandemic risk assessment (TIPRA)
One Health Approach to rapid response for pandemic influenza
1. Respiratory sample collection and shipment skills refreshed
2. Current protocols for detection of new influenza virus strains
3. Rapid response and control measures for avian influenza strengthened
4. Better understanding of the risk assessment process for
5. Improved networking on influenza surveillance in the African Region.
Date: 3rd to 7th April, 2017
Venue: NMIMR Conference Facility