AMP Launches Africhol Consortium in Brazzaville

June 2, 2010

AMP launches Africhol Consortium in Brazzaville

AMP held the first meeting of the Africhol consortium in Brazzaville, the Republic of the Congo, from May 27-28, 2010. Established in 2009, Africhol is a three-year project that aims to support cholera surveillance in Africa.

The two-day meeting brought together 20 participants, including representatives of: the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET), the West African Health Organisation (WAHO), the Organisation de Coordination pour la lutte contre les Endémies en Afrique Centrale (OCEAC), the University of the Mediterranean Aix-Marseille II, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance (SACID), ministries of health (Cameroon, Guinea, DRC, Togo), and AMP.

The consortium will oversee the development and implementation of the Africhol cholera surveillance network in at least eight sub-Saharan African countries. It will also serve as a forum for stakeholders to share information on project results and activities as well as to develop common tools and protocols for use by surveillance sites.

The next step involves a situation analysis and the deployment of surveillance activities for a period of two years.