We Need Integrated Public Health Surveillance More than Ever
Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, the public health sector has been advocating for and has been taking important steps toward more integrated public health surveillance systems. The World Health Organization (WHO) Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) strategy, implemented in the Africa region since 1998, is an illustration of resolute steps towards ensuring that the scope of surveillance is no longer limited to a few diseases within the health sector but is broadened to span across a large array of relevant diseases and fields.
Update: Ebola Outbreak in Uganda Declared as Ended
The declaration from Uganda’s government and the World Health Organization announcing the end of the Ebola virus outbreak in Uganda is a welcome event and demonstrates how swift action can address and contain emerging public health threats.
FHI 360’s Contribution to AMR Containment via Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infection Prevention and Control Interventions
The World Health Organization (WHO) rates the rising incidence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) as one of the top ten global public health challenges. Containing and controlling the spread of AMR is particularly challenging in resource-limited settings as often it is associated with weak infection prevention and control (IPC) measures and ineffective Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) strategies that lead to inappropriate use of antimicrobial medicines.
One Health Workshop Held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire to Strengthen Regional Collaboration
FHI 360 was pleased to participate in the recent Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) regional One Health workshop held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire that brought together stakeholders from human, animal, and environmental health sectors to strengthen and operationalize regional One Health coordination and strategy. We believe these collaborations to build a common One Health approach are essential to preventing and managing emerging infectious diseases. The material below summarizes the workshop objectives and commitments from stakeholders.