# Workshop “Molecular diagnostics” in Berlin
In cooperation with the Global Health Protection Programme we invited three ANDEMIA students from Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Democratic Republic of Congo to a 2-months (03.09.2018 to 26.10.2018 ) intensive workshop on molecular diagnostics in Berlin.
In addition to various tools for molecular diagnostics, the workshop also included the correct documentation of data, interpretation of results, troubleshooting, quality management and theoretical introductory courses in next generation sequencing. Additionally our students were able to participate in an intensive English course, which was particularly important for our students from french-speaking countries.
The workshop will be followed by intensive training sessions in the partner countries under the direction of Dr. Essia Belarbi, who is responsible for molecular diagnostics. The aim is to implement what has been learned in each of the countries and to ensure a good and sustainable application of the learned methods as well as the transfer of the knowledge to other key persons. In addition, a shorter, more specific workshop on molecular diagnostics at the University of Pretoria is planned for May/June 2019 in South Africa.
# 3rd Network meeting in Burkina Faso
Our third network meeting was held from 19th-23th of November 2018 at the Centre Muraz in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso. All partners presented preliminary results and discussed both scientific questions and organizational, logistical and content-related difficulties and possible solutions. Additionally the entire 23 master and Phd-students enrolled in the ANDEMIA training program presented their projects.
Key network target of the meeting was improving enrolment numbers and data quality across all sites and strengthening of the bacterial diagnostic capacities in the partnering countries.
# Second network meeting in Côte d’Ivoire
Our second network meeting was successfully held at the University hospital Bouaké in Côte d’Ivoire, the site of the ANDEMIA coordinator Prof. 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, gastrointestinal 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.