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#StayAlert Week 7: Vaccines Worked Historically and Vaccines Work Today

This week was enriched with a number of health campaigns directed towards strengthening Global Health Security. From the first day of the week, we have been exposed to the numerous benefits of vaccines and how the world can improve its… Continue Reading →

World Leaders Recommit to Ending Neglected Tropical Diseases at #NTDSummit2017, Geneva

GENEVA (19 April 2017) – This week, leaders from governments, pharmaceutical companies and charitable organizations convened at a five-day summit in Geneva to pledge new commitments to the collective efforts to control and eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). The summit… Continue Reading →

Everyone Can Lend a Hand In The Response to Meningitis

Social media has become a useful tool for epidemic control and management. Platforms such as Facebook are developing tools to improve health outcomes. The Ebola outbreak was one such classic example, numbers alone could not describe the reach and penetration… Continue Reading →

#Meningitis: The Value of A Collaborative Outbreak Response

Communicable diseases remain among the leading causes of death, illness, and disability in African communities. When disease surveillance information is available and supported by laboratory confirmation, these events can be detected and investigated in a timely manner, and support an… Continue Reading →

10 Ways The #EndPolioNow Campaign Wins

It’s day 3 of the first round of the #EndPolioNow Immunization program in Nigeria. Here are 10 things you need to know; 1. On September 25, 2015, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared Nigeria polio free. 2. After over two… Continue Reading →

#StayAlert Week 6: Africa Stance in Strengthening Global Health Security

“Africa is providing leadership and strengthening its health architecture to enhance global health security and address disease outbreaks…” Dr. John Nkengasong, the Director of the Africa Centres of Disease Control and Prevention Today is World Tuberculosis Day. Like other infectious… Continue Reading →

Translating the Global Health Security Goals in Nigeria, US-CDC Partners with the Nigerian Government

‘Detect’, one of the action words of the Global Health Security Agenda. There are 11 action packages compiled by the Global Health Security Agenda to prevent, detect and respond to infectious diseases. Four targets are outlined to promote early disease… Continue Reading →

#StayAlert Week 5: The Emergence of Immortal Pathogens

One of the action packages of the Global Health Security Agenda is the prevention of antimicrobial resistance. The emergence of new strains of infectious diseases is a threat to public health that frustrates the existing process of combating these diseases…. Continue Reading →

#StayAlert Week 4: It’s not over with Ebola

The initial problem was a communication gap in health care and slow response to an outbreak. We paid dearly for this gap with the lives of thousands that died in the 2014 Ebola outbreak. With collaborative efforts and international intervention,… Continue Reading →

WHO Releases List of 12 Drug-Resistant Bacteria That Pose Health Risk

For the first time, WHO released a list of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that are of public health importance. The list was drawn up in a bid to guide and promote research and development (R&D) of new antibiotics, as part of WHO’s… Continue Reading →

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