Cameroon to Host African Partners Outbreak Response Alliance (APORA)

From the 18th to the 20th of June 2018, the Cameroon Ministry of Defence will be organizing the African Partners Outbreak Response Alliance (APORA) conference in Yaounde Cameroon.

Emmanuel Ngota

The five days conference will bring together international participants including senior officers of the partner countries of the African Partners Outbreak Response Alliance (APORA), senior representatives of local government agencies involved in disease control, eminent public health and laboratory scientists involved in the outbreak management.

The conference that will take place at the Yaounde Hilton Hotel will focus on the theme“partnering for presentation: militaries and civilians thwarting emerging infectious diseases together” with objective to improve epidemiologic surveillance system, implement event based surveillance in mil and build laboratory capacity for detections.

To achieve these objectives, the 5th edition of the African Partners Outbreak Response Alliance will be organized in several sessions comprising the plenary presentations on topics related to the conference, posters exhibition sessions on actions taken by actors of public health emergency management, satellite sessions on the different sub themes offering a selection of capacity building opportunities, as well as opportunities for skills development, site visits of Cameroonian institutions in charge of managing public health emergencies.

In the world, as in Cameroon, the response to epidemics involves a variety of stakeholders, including the defence and security forces whose role in the management of public health emergencies is well established. In order to improve the contributions of this particular sector in the control of the outbreaks, networks such as the African partner outbreak response alliance have been created. APORA is an AFRICOM facilitated African led initiative to a disease outbreak and assist with African defence support of civil authorities in disease outbreaks.

This conference is coming up due to epidemic outbreaks over the last 15 years have led to an international awareness of the vulnerability of states to emerging infectious diseases.

At the end of 2013, the unprecedented outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in west Africa marked a turning point in the history of the world; the lethality of the virus, its rapid spread in the west Africa sub-region and its export to western countries have overwhelmed health system as a whole.

A hundred participants are expected including senior officers from 22 partner countries of (APORA), senior representatives of local government agencies involved in disease control and eminent public health and laboratory scientists involved in the outbreak management

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