Nipah virus, anthrax, influenza, flood-related illness, pesticide poisoning...

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Nipah virus, anthrax, influenza, flood-related illness, pesticide poisoning. The Institute for Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) is the vanguard for detecting, countering, and preventing those and many other infectious and non-communicable conditions in Bangladesh. IANPHI’s project at IEDCR – which ended in October 2012 -- pioneered a web-based national surveillance system that not only improved the timeliness, completeness, and usefulness of infectious disease reporting but also provided a platform for integrating and coordinating the various surveillance activities underway in the country. The scope of surveillance was widened further with implementation of the Bangladesh Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS,B ) – a mobile-phone-based health survey on health risk behaviors and preventive health practices related mainly to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and injury. By improving detection and prevention of both infectious and non-communicable diseases, these strategic investments, among others over the two-plus years of the project, will contribute to significant improvements in the health of the people of Bangladesh.


An expert from the UK’s Health Protection Agency (HPA) visited the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) to assess communications needs and collaboratively identify opportunities and strategies for improving UVRI’s communications activities. This NPHI-to-NPHI consultation, which exemplifies IANPHI’s peer assistance approach, yielded a UVRI communications plan, terms of reference for a dedicated communications desk officer, and an approach for targeted technical assistance from HPA and other partners.


Thanks to an IANPHI-supported training program at the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), Nigeria now has 3 of the only 26 master trainers available worldwide to implement the renowned SLMTA (Strengthening Laboratory Management Toward Accreditation) program. Developed by CDC and WHO-AFRO, the SLMTA program is designed to improve laboratory practice and prepare labs for accreditation based on international clinical laboratory standards. Only 2 of the estimated 6,000 diagnostic laboratories in Nigeria are currently ISO accredited. As a result, Nigerians are being frequently misdiagnosed – including for diseases like measles and bacterial meningitis – with consequent negative clinical care and public health consequences. In 2011, IANPHI, in partnership with CDC-Nigeria, funded NIMR to advance SLMTA in Nigeria. As a result of the project -- in addition to certification of 3 Nigerian master trainers, representing 11.5% of the world’s master trainers – 24 Nigerians have been trained in the SLMTA process and added to the global pool of only 274 SLMTA-trained laboratorians. Six new laboratories are conducting the SLMTA program and on the road to certification, the only non-PEPFAR-funded labs in Nigeria to do so.