# Network meeting at Côte d’Ivoire
Our second network meeting was successfully held at the University hospital Bouké in Côte d’Ivoire, the site of the ANDEMIA coordinator Chantal Akoua-Koffi. For this, all countries’ ANDEMIA teams got together to discuss progress and new research directions of the project.
The next meeting will be held at Burkina Faso in November 2018.
# Launch of ANDEMIA at Burkina Faso
We introduced ANDEMIA to medical and scientific staff involved at the University hospital Sourou Sanou and the Centre Muraz at Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso. Right after, the first patients were being enrolled for our study on the causes of acute respiratory, gestrointestinal and febrile illness.
# Launch of ANDEMIA at Côte d’Ivoire
With an introductory workshop on ANDEMIA methods and protocols, active syndromic surveillance of acute respiratory, gestrointestinal and febrile disease was initiated at the first ANDEMIA sites in Côte d’Ivoire – University hospital Bouaké and Rural health center Brobo.
Laboratory Diagnostics – Bacteriology, Blood culture and AMR
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.
Hands-on workshop “Field Epidemiology”
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.