Nigeria

NCDC Weekly Epidemiological Report: Issue: Volume 12 No. 4: 25th – 31st January 2021

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Announcing the 5th NCDC Annual Scientific Conference: Building Back Better – Lesson from COVID-19 and other Infectious Diseases

Since 2008, the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) through the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development have closely worked together to establish and strengthen the Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme (NFELTP). This has been with support from the US Centers for Disease Control, African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) and other partners. The NFELTP has significantly contributed to an increased number of field epidemiologists contributing to national health security.

One of the key outcomes of this tripartite collaboration is the conception and subsequent organisation of an annual scientific conference which has held since 2016. The 2020 NCDC/NFELTP conference did not hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the importance of learning and collaboration, the 2021 conference will hold as a virtual conference. Additionally, the conference has been renamed the Nigerian Conference of Applied and Field Epidemiology” (NiCAFE).

This year’s conference will have the theme “Building Back Better-Lessons from COVID-19 and Other Disease Outbreaks” and will hold from July 26 -31 2021. The following thematic areas will be covered:

  1. Governance and Leadership

  2. Epidemiology, Surveillance and Transmission Dynamics

  3. Case Management

  4. Laboratory and Diagnostics

  5. Social Sciences and Community Engagement

  6. Research and Development

  7. Lessons for Future Pandemic Preparedness and Strengthening IHR/Health Security

  8. The Role of Agriculture and Environment in Disease Transmission

  9. Health System Strengthening for Future Pandemics

NiCAFE provides an opportunity for the sharing of insights on the topics above. This includes the epidemiology of infectious diseases in Nigeria and the impact of these on regional and global health security. It will also allow speakers and attendees to share their experiences, knowledge and demonstrate practical techniques for the prevention, detection and response to infectious disease outbreaks.

We invite health workers, epidemiologists, researchers, policy specialists, the media, and members of the public to save the date. Further information about the conference including registration, abstract submission details and others will be available on the NCDC website.