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Cross border collaboration and multi country approach in the fight against polio in ...

Lilongwe - Sensitizing border communities on the occurrence of a polio case is critical to enhance vaccine uptake and stop the spread of the virus. This is the multi country approach taken in Malawi and its neighboring countries since the confirmation of a wild polio case near Lilongwe and the subsequent declaration of the polio outbreak as a public health emergency in February 17th, 2022.

Congo bolsters diagnosis to curb TB infections

Brazzaville – Access to tuberculosis (TB) diagnosis as a crucial first step to detect and treat the disease remains a huge challenge in Congo, where around half of the estimated 21 000 TB cases are detected every year. To support the country scale up testing, World Health Organization (WHO), with financing from the Global Fund, has provided GeneXpert diagnostic machines in the capital Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire, the country’s second city. The machines have improved the rate of testing eight-fold, allowing for timely enrolment of TB patients on treatment.

Scaling up genomic sequencing in Nigeria

Nigeria has stepped up COVID-19 genomic surveillance to effectively track the evolution of the virus and adjust responses to pandemic waves driven by variants of concern. The country began carrying out genomic sequencing in March 2020. Currently it can carry out around 500 sequences per month. Before the pandemic, the country only had two laboratories with sequencing capacity. Genomic sequencing is currently done through a network of four laboratories coordinated by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control’s National Reference Laboratory.