Africa / Animal Diseases / Disease Control

East Africa moves to establish joint disease surveillance centre

With infectious diseases widely regarded as the major constraint to agricultural and animal development as well as human health and well-being in sub-Saharan Africa, scientists have realized the need for common strategy towards managing diseases in Africa.

For the first time, experts in the three sectors; humans, animals and plants met in Kampala to plan for the establishment of the East African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance (EACIDS) to facilitate cross border cooperation in the detection and response to disease outbreaks.

The meeting funded by Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) follows a report; “Infectious Diseases: Preparing for the future Africa” released by the Office of Science and Innovation, which called for a pan-African vision and strategy for the management of infectious diseases –with a three tier approach; at national, regional and continental level.

Read more … (The Ovserver, Uganda)

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