Aim: To enhance and maintain the operational research capacity of the ALERRT network by developing and implementing a training and capacity development programme.

 

................................................................................................................................................ April 2020

Modelling COVID-19 control 

Dr. Akindeh M. Nji, a core member of the ALERRT Cameroon team, co-opted to be part of an International modelling consortium for COVID-19. The consortium is made up of infectious disease modellers from 21 different countries across Asia, Europe, USA and Africa. The consortium is divided into various working groups. Each working group plays a specific role in formulating a mathematical modelling response to help guide policymaking responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. These responses can be tailored to the specific COVID-19 context at a national or sub-national level.

 

The Global Health network joins the COVID-19 Clinical Research Coalition 

A group of scientists, physicians, funders, and policy makers from over 70 institutions from over 30 countries have launched an international coalition to respond to COVID-19 in resource-poor settings. The COVID-19 Clinical Research Coalition aims to accelerate desperately needed COVID-19 research in those areas where the virus could wreak havoc on already-fragile health systems and cause the greatest health impact on vulnerable populations.                                                                           

In a Comment published today in The Lancet, the members of the coalition argue that international research collaboration and coordination is needed urgently to support African, Latin American, Eastern European, and certain Asian countries to respond effectively to the worsening pandemic and speed up research adapted to resource-limited settings.

......................................................................................................................................... November 2019

The University of Yaoundé 1 participated in the 3rd Edition of the International forum on Public Health events and emergency management in Hilton-Cameroon, 28th Oct - 1st Nov 2019. The theme for the Forum was “Place du système de gestion des incidents dans le systems des soins d’urgence pour une couverture sante universelle optimale” (The place of incident management in Emergency care systems for optimal universal health coverage).

Dr Sylvie Kwedi presented on “Research Training Needs in Sub-Saharan Africa to Help Ensure Adequate Preparation for Response to Disease Outbreaks”. 

This was an opportunity to strengthen multisectoral partnerships and showcase  what ALERRT is working on. It also encouraged researchers to complete the Knowledge Gap Analysis (KGA) questionnaires, and to enrol in the Professional Development Scheme (PDS).