The African cholera surveillance network (Africhol) consortium meeting, 10–11 June 2015, Lomé, Togo
Aline Munier, Berthe-Marie Njanpop-Lafourcade1, Delphine Sauvageot, Raymond B. Mhlanga, Léonard Heyerdahl, Johara Nadri, Richard Wood, Issaka Ouedraogo, Alexandre Blake, Laurent Akilimali Mukelenge, Jean-Claude B. Anné, Abiba Banla Kere, Lucienne Dempouo, Sakoba Keita, José P. M. Langa, Issa Makumbi, Elibariki R. Mwakapeje, Ian J. Njeru, Olubunmi E. Ojo, Isaac Phiri, Lorenzo Pezzoli, Bradford D. Gessner and Martin Mengel
The fifth annual meeting of the African cholera surveillance network (Africhol) took place on 10–11 June 2015 in Lomé, Togo. Together with international partners, representatives from the 11 member countries : Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire. Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zimbabwe- and an invited country (Malawi) shared their experience. The meeting featured three sessions:
- i) cholera surveillance, prevention and control in participating countries;
- ii) cholera surveillance methodology, such as cholera mapping, costeffectiveness studies and the issue of overlapping epidemics from different diseases;
- iii) cholera laboratory diagnostics tools and capacity building.
The meeting has greatly benefitted from the input of technical expertise from participating institutions and the observations emerging from the meeting should enable national teams to make recommendations to their respective governments on the most appropriate and effective measures to be taken for the prevention and control of cholera.Recommendations for future activities included collecting precise burden estimates in surveillance sites; modeling cholera burden for Africa; setting up cross-border collaborations; strengthening laboratory capacity for the confirmation of suspected cholera cases and for vaccine impact assessment in settings where oral cholera vaccine would be used; adapting cholera surveillance to concurrent issues (e.g., Ebola); and developing national cholera control plans including rationale vaccination strategies together with other preventive and control measures such as improvements in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).