Collaborating to Address Health Needs

AMP has worked in Africa since 1973 through its network of local entities based in the field and with national public and private partnerships: local communities, governments and a variety of organizations. The main objective is to effectively address Africa’s complex needs in the public health sector, within a context of poverty among the populations, from the lack of infrastructure to the shortage of healthcare personnel.

To support our growing presence in Africa, we are developing AMP’s network beyond Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Benin to Guinea, Togo and when possible Republic of Congo (DRC).

Surveillance, Clinical Trials, and Effectiveness Studies

In our first year of operation, we set up a regional office in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso (then called Upper Volta) to facilitate work in eight Francophone countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, and Togo. We initially focused on improving sample collection for laboratory diagnosis of yellow fever, smallpox, monkeypox, cholera, measles, and meningococcal meningitis. Soon after, we started developing clinical trials and effectiveness studies.

Vaccination Coverage and Health Worker Training

In the 1980s, AMP worked with UNICEF, WHO, and other partners to develop the Universal Child Immunization (UCI) initiative in West Africa, notably Burkina Faso. We also partnered with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop training in applied epidemiology for both French and African health professionals.

Sustainable Immunization Gains

In the following decade, we began to address injection safety, health economics, and sustainability. We also continued our efforts to tackle the health worker shortage through training programs in epidemiology and health program management (e.g., EPIGEPS). Since 2000, we have continued to collaborate with a diversity of actors in the field to promote sustainable evidence-based health policies, strengthen immunization services, develop advocacy for immunization, and support the development of skilled health professionals. To support our expanding presence in Africa, we have opened additional regional offices in Côte d'Ivoire, Benin, and Burkina Faso, Togo and Guinea.

Some of our projects in Africa include EpiVacPlus, LOGIVAC +SIVACPneumoTone, and Africhol.