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AMP Receives Grant From the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Support Cholera Surveillance in Africa
Date:1/14/2010

actual number of cases is largely underestimated throughout Africa.

"Our goal is to assess the burden of disease so that countries and donors can decide whether to focus on cholera prevention - be it vaccines or improved water and sanitation - or alternative health issues," said Dr. Brad Gessner, AFRICHOL principle investigator and AMP scientific director.

The new grant will help AMP greatly expand cholera surveillance by actively mobilizing regional and international organizations. A key partner will be AFENET, which will be responsible for overseeing project implementation in several countries.

"AMP will rely on its extensive global network to bring to the table the most important organizations working on cholera prevention in resource-poor settings," said Alfred da Silva, executive director of AMP. "It is only through such a collective effort that we will be able to establish the true burden of disease in sub-Saharan Africa."

The project will consist of several steps over three years. First, a consortium of international organizations will be established to provide technical and material support to the network. Second, participating countries will be identified based on objective criteria. Third, surveillance activities will be conducted over a period of two years. Finally, the last six months will be devoted to evaluating and interpreting data, as well as meeting with health ministers, WHO officials, and representatives of donor agencies to assess the most appropriate next steps.

About AMP - Founded in 1972, AMP is a nonprofit organization with headquarters at the Institut Pasteur in Paris and offices in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, and '/>"/>

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