Health experts in Central Africa are examining ways of better improving the performance of surveillance systems in the sub region.
Epidemiologic surveillance system in the Central African sub region and Cameroon in particular has produced little results over the years. It is for this reason that a two-day international meeting to validate the plan of action of the project of the reinforcement of Epidemiologic Surveillance in Central Africa (SURVAC) opened in Yaounde yesterday. Organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) the workshop brings together participants from the Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo and Cameroon as well as international partners such as Centre for Disease Control Atlanta, CDC Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The objective of the workshop is to finalise and reinforce the plans of action of the SURVAC project for the three countries in Central Africa. Speaking during the opening, the Minister of Public Health, André Mama Fouda, said the objective of the project can only be attained through the contribution of all the actors. He called on the participants to work with assiduity to come out with better results at the end of the workshop. SURVAC is a project to reinforce epidemiologic surveillance in Central Africa. It is expected to last for five years (2009-2013). Three countries have been chosen in Central Africa as case study for the project. These are Cameroon, Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo. They were chosen taking into consideration the rate of incidences of diseases and the frequency of epidemics and demographic criteria. The project works in four domains, the reinforcement of the system of epidemiologic surveillance, long term and short term training, reinforcement of capacities of laboratories and the putting in place of the network of laboratories, the reinforcing of the new information and communications technologies.