AMP Holds AfriFlu Conference in Marrakech

June 9, 2010

AMP convened nearly 100 African and international influenza experts in Marrakech, Morocco from June 1-2, 2010 for “AfriFlu,” a conference on influenza disease burden in Africa.

Objectives

The purpose of AfriFlu was to share information on influenza epidemiology and surveillance; to strengthen cooperation; to identify ways to improve understanding of influenza disease burden; and to develop recommendations for tackling these issues in Africa.

Organization

The conference was organized with the support of a scientific committee chaired by Professor Peter Ndumbe, dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Buea, Cameroon. It included plenary sessions, workshops, and round tables. Participants shared case studies on influenza in various African countries, presented data on influenza epidemiology and disease burden, identified problems and obstacles, and proposed recommendations.

Meeting Conclusions 

Participants addressed the following:

AfriFlu was made possible by an unrestricted grant from Sanofi Pasteur.