DAKAR, Senegal, August 2, 2022 -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- The Pasteur Institute of Dakar (IPD) entered into a partnership with the African Risk Management Capacity (BOW), AfriCatalyst and the West African Health Organization (WAHO) to strengthen preparedness and response to epidemics of infectious diseases with serious consequences in West Africa such as Ebola, Marburg, Lassa fever, meningococcal meningitis and emerging pathogens of concern. The partnership will also assess capacities for epidemiological surveillance and laboratory diagnosis of viral haemorrhagic fevers in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), model the risk of new and re-emerging outbreaks and epidemics in the region and put in place epidemic emergency measures. plans and countermeasures.
As a WHO collaborating center for arboviruses (infections caused by a group of viruses transmitted to humans through the bite of infected insects such as mosquitoes and ticks) and viral haemorrhagic fevers, IPD will provide expert advice to strengthen the programme’s ability to assess surveillance and laboratory capacity in the region.
IPD has a unique combination of biostatistics, bioinformatics, mathematical modeling, epidemiology, software development and virology that will be used to input parameters to simulate outbreaks and transmission dynamics in the region. IPD will support the development of realistic outbreak scenarios deployed to prepare ECOWAS Member States in their national response training and preparedness and contingency plans.
“The Alliance represents a unique partnership of leading African institutions with a global perspective that brings expertise in science, policy, governance and finance to advance global public health security through epidemic intelligence and disease prevention. response to epidemics. As the project achieves its objectives, the Alliance will represent a critically important convergence of complementary expertise to promote health security in Africa and mitigate the risk of the spread of global threats to and from the region,” said Dr. Amadou Alpha Sall, CEO of the Pasteur Institute in Dakar.
As evidenced by the recent challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, surveillance systems and epidemic preparedness and response are under-resourced. However, with clear leadership, West African countries can introduce policies based on evidence and recent outbreaks to protect their populations and limit the spread of threats from outside West Africa and beyond. those that are endemic in the region and beyond.
For several years, IPD, ARC and WAHO have been actively involved in efforts to mitigate the negative impact of health emergencies in the ECOWAS region, in accordance with their respective mandates and in collaboration with various partners, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).
BMGF support will act as a catalyst for Alliance activities by strengthening AfriCatalyst’s efforts to help coordinate and advance the Alliance’s common agenda, including actions under the agreements. existing and future partnerships to amplify the potential impact of these partnerships as well as the gender sensitivity of epidemic preparedness and response.
“We look forward to supporting the critical work undertaken by ARC, WAHO and IPD as part of the Alliance to strengthen epidemic preparedness and response in our region. We are delighted to partner with BMGF as we take on this unique responsibility,” said Daouda Sembene, Managing Director of AfriCatalyst.
“ARC welcomes this great initiative led by Africa and supported by the BMGF as we continue to develop our Epidemic and Epidemic Insurance product to enable early containment of epidemic-prone diseases and respond to acute public health emergencies,” said Ibrahima Cheikh Diong of the United Nations. Deputy Secretary General and Managing Director of the ARC Group.
IPD takes on the challenge of scaling new innovations, tools and systems to contribute to the global effort to end epidemics and prevent pandemics. In doing so, it aims to become a pioneer of innovative health solutions with the aim of advancing inclusiveness in access to essential health services in Africa.
Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of the Institut Pasteur in Dakar.
About the Pasteur Institute of Dakar
The Institut Pasteur de Dakar is a private non-profit public utility foundation under Senegalese law, whose objective is to protect and promote public health and well-being in West Africa; through 5 different sectors related to health: Research and development; Diagnosis, vaccination, nutrition and environment; Education, training and talent development; Expertise and strategic orientation in public health; Production and distribution of human vaccines.
For more information on IDP: https://www.pasteur.sn/fr
About ARC Agency
The ARC Agency was established as a specialized agency of the AU to assist its member countries to improve their capacities to better plan, prepare for and respond to extreme weather events, natural and other disasters, including outbreaks and disease outbreaks, thereby protecting vulnerable populations from such events. The agreement establishing the ARC Agency has now been signed by 35 African countries across the continent and ARC is helping its member countries to integrate risk management into their development policies and objectives, particularly against recurring disasters (droughts, floods, outbreaks and epidemics) and to build resilience and improve post-disaster recovery.
About the West African Health Organization
WAHO is the specialized institution of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) responsible for health issues in ECOWAS Member States, whose objective is to achieve the best possible level and the protection of the health of the populations of the sub-region through the harmonization of the policies of the Member States, the pooling of resources, the cooperation between them and with others for a collective and strategic fight against the health problems of the sub-region.
AfriCatalyst is an independent global development consultancy that strives to build partnerships between global and local actors to promote innovative, evidence-based solutions to Africa’s development challenges. Our goal is to make a difference by helping national and external stakeholders work together to achieve positive development results, shaped by mutually beneficial partnerships.
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