SACIDS Foundation for One Health – tackling infectious diseases

May 9, 2019
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As an inter-institutional virtual centre dealing with infectious diseases, SACIDS focuses on both individual and institutional development SACIDS (formerly Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance) has one clear mission: To harness innovation in science and technology in order to improve sub-Saharan Africa’s capacity to detect, identify and monitor infectious diseases of humans, animals and their interactions…

Tanzania Country Grant launched

April 15, 2019
The Fleming Fund’s Country Grant to Tanzania was launched on the 2nd April 2019 announcing a partnership with the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), Southern Africa Centre for Infectious Disease and Surveillance (SACIDS) and Africare. ASM will lead a One Health focused partnership with the Southern Africa Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance (SACIDS) and Africare…

CALL FOR MASTERS FELLOWSHIP APPLICATIONS

April 1, 2019
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BACKGROUND The World Bank is partnering with eight Governments in Eastern and Southern Africa in an innovative project with the aim of improving the quality of training and research in higher education, and reducing the skill gaps in key development priority areas. The Eastern and Southern Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence (ACE II) Project…

Techno-Health Surveillance Newsletter Volume 4, Number 1 & 2

March 25, 2019
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Dear reader, The Editorial Committee welcomes you to Volume 4, Number 1 & 2 of the Techno Health Surveillance.In this issue, we share the following: Initiatives to strengthen event-based surveillance in the communities of cross-border ecosystems Exchange visit to share experiences on use of digital technology in disease surveillance Collaborative strategy between the Ministry of Livestock…

Taking a Multisectoral, One Health Approach: A Tripartite Guide to Addressing Zoonotic Diseases in Countries

March 11, 2019
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Every day we hear about health challenges at the human-animal-environment interface. Zoonotic diseases such as avian influenza, rabies, Ebola, and Rift Valley fever continue to have major impacts on health, livelihoods, and economies. These health threats cannot be effectively addressed by one sector alone. Multidisciplinary and multisectoral collaboration is needed to tackle them and to…

Emerging and vector-borne disease research and training

February 15, 2019
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Dr Leonard E.G. Mboera discusses the importance of studying emerging and vector-borne diseases at The Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance, including challenges to address in this vein. Statistics indicate that infectious diseases are the second cause of illness and death in the world and the first in developing countries. They are responsible for…

SACIDS Foundation for One Health

February 15, 2019
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The SACIDS Foundation for One Health is a One Health partnership of medical and veterinary institutions, that was founded in 2008 by universities and national research institutions in 5 Member States of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). It has since evolved from a consortium to a research and training Foundation and expanded its relevance to sub-Saharan Africa, while maintaining its primary…

PhD position to work on tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta, at icipe

February 6, 2019
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icipe is offering a PhD project working on the micro-lepidopteran moth of South American origin, the tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta, that represents the dominant and most serious pest of tomato. Further information: http://cbid.icipe.org/apps/tomato-leafminer-2019/index.php Deadline for applications: 22nd February 2019  

Ten threats to global health in 2019

January 21, 2019
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The world is facing multiple health challenges. These range from outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases like measles and diphtheria, increasing reports of drug-resistant pathogens, growing rates of obesity and physical inactivity to the  health impacts of environmental pollution and climate change and multiple humanitarian crises. To address these and other threats, 2019 sees the start of…

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

January 21, 2019
The Ministry of Health (MoH), WHO and partners continue to respond to the ongoing Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in one of the most complex settings possible. A high number of cases are still being reported, most notably from the metropolitan areas of Katwa Health Zone during the past week. The decline in case incidence…