In preparation of the launch of ANDEMIA at Côte d’Ivoire, we organized a workshop aiming to equip the two urban sites in Bouaké and Guiglo with necessary expertise and diagnostic capacities in bacteriology, with a focus on blood culture and AMR-surveillance. This workshop was funded by the Global Health Program of the Federal Ministry of Health of Germany. The scope of the training was to improve pre-analytic routines (sampling, transport logistics, preparation of culture media), implement a half-automated blood culture system (BacT/Alert) in Bouaké, teach bacteriological identification techniques, antimicrobial susceptibility testing and to interpretat antimicrobial susceptibility tests using EUCAST-breakpoints.
Our hands-on workshop “Field epidemiology” at Bouaké in Côte d’Ivoire equipped participants from all ANDEMIA partner countries with basic knowledge in epidemiological investigation and risk mapping, followed by a practical training at the example of Lassa virus, which has been demonstrated to occur in the northern part of Côte d’Ivoire.
Viral hemorrhagic fevers, such as Ebola or Lassa fever are responsible for disease outbreaks across West Africa and have a huge impact on human health, as demonstrated by the recent Ebola outbreak. Some of these viruses (e.g. Lassa virus) have their origin in wild animals e. g. rodents. Epidemiological skills as well as knowledge about the interplay of humans and animals are very important to determine high risk areas and to react in a timely manner in the event of an outbreak. This workshop was sponsored by funds from the Global Health Program of the German Ministry of Health.