Outbreak logisticians are the people who supply the response teams, who find them beds to fall into at the end of exhausting days, and food to sustain them and vehicles to transport them.
Social science can provide information on social risk factors and mechanisms for disease transmission, local cultural interpretations of disease and response interventions, and the functioning of the health system and local structures of power and authority.
The Federal Government has taken the important proactive step of developing a plan to prevent, detect and respond to public health threats by developing a costed National Action Plan for Health Security (NAPHS). Nigeria is only the fourth country in Africa to do this.
The creation of what we call “outbreak culture” is driven by multiple factors, from political motivation and life-threatening fear to personal gain and isolation.
Every month, approximately 300 reports cross the desk of Dr Sylvie Briand detailing an outbreak of a disease somewhere in the world.
Following India’s first outbreak of Zika infections in Rajasthan in September 2018, Madhya Pradesh has now reported a second one, with six districts affected.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is now using the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) innovative Security Communications and Analysis Network (SCAAN) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to support the security of its staff fighting the Ebola epidemic.
Sixty high-level public health and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) practitioners, researchers, and experts will meet to establish a pool of experts that can be deployed rapidly during any future outbreaks, as well as share and discuss the latest evidence, best practices, and lessons learned on MERS.
In a remote southwestern pocket of the Central African Republic, doctor Patrick Karume and his small team are on the jungle frontline to quarantine a rare outbreak of monkeypox.
In North Eastern Nigeria, despite the high level of insurgency, which has affected many public health facilities, the polio infrastructure is being utilized to monitor and curb cholera in five states namely, Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe and Yobe with encouraging results.