Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Global Health Trials celebrates fifth birthday by thanking its contributors

12th May 2015

11 May 2015 marked a major achievement, the fifth birthday of global health research community, Global Health Trials. The outstanding success of this initiative is owed to its diverse, international body of researchers who contribute their time and research experience to build research capacity; using the Global Health Trials platform as a tool for success.

Global Health Trials ( is an online community of practice, where researchers working in global health come together to share their knowledge about how to conduct health research, with the aim of enabling the generation of life-saving evidence in places and situation where research is difficult and rarely happens. It works because it is free and it’s a neutral and truly collaborative space, making it unique; scientists are well known for not sharing how they do their work!

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African Centres for Disease Control and Prevention Fellowship Program Fellowship Position Announcement.

The African Field Epidemiology Network, on behalf of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S. CDC) and the African Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (African CDC), is soliciting applicants to the African CDC Fellowship Program. The newly-established African CDC is an African-owned institution intended to provide a strong platform for technical coordination, ultimately strengthening public health prevention, surveillance and interventions across the continent. The African CDC is also envisioned as an entity that will help build capacity to respond to public health emergencies including outbreaks, man-made and natural disasters and public health events of regional and international concern. AFENET and U.S. CDC are supporting the launch of the African CDC by establishing the African CDC Fellowship Program, a two year fellowship program for approximately 5-10 recent graduates of African Field Epidemiology Training Programs (FETP).

Fellowship Overview
Fellows selected in this first round will serve as Analysts in the African CDC Surveillance and Response Unit (ASRU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The ASRU will be responsible for African CDC event-based surveillance and public health emergency preparedness and response. Event-based surveillance activities will focus on daily, routine surveillance to guide the African CDC in preparation for public health outbreaks and emergencies. Emergency preparedness and response activities will focus on the development of a strong Emergency Operations Centre and incident command system that can be activated once a public health emergency is detected. Download full PDF

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Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever

Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever Facts

What is Marburg hemorrhagic fever?
Marburg hemorrhagic fever (Marburg HF) is a rare, severe type of hemorrhagic fever which affects both humans and non-human primates. Caused by a genetically unique zoonotic (that is, animal-borne) RNA virus of the filovirus family, its recognition led to the creation of this virus family. The five subtypes of Ebola virus are the only other known members of the filovirus family.
Marburg virus was first recognized in 1967, when outbreaks of hemorrhagic fever occurred simultaneously in laboratories in Marburg and Frankfurt, Germany and in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (now Serbia). A total of 31 people became ill; they included laboratory workers as well as several medical personnel and family members who had cared for them. There were 7 deaths among the reported cases. The first people infected had been exposed to African green monkeys or their tissues. In Marburg, the monkeys had been imported for research and to prepare polio vaccine. In addition to the 31 cases, an additional primary case was retrospectively serologically diagnosed.

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