Infectious diseases remain the overwhelming cause of mortality in sub-Saharan Africa. A fundamental missing piece in prevention and control of epidemics and pandemics is a strong policy framework for public health activities across sectors. Due in part to health workforce shortages, leadership responsibilities have been assigned throughout the systems to professionals who have a limited opportunity for training in policy formulation and implementation. Chatham House is uniquely positioned to work with the ascending leadership in West Africa to close this skill gap.
Malnutrition training for Public Health professionals, free and online
The University of Southampton (UK) and also the worldwide deficiency disease Task Force (IMTF) have made a free online course to coach public well-being professionals in remedy and administration of childhood deficiency disease, supported World Health Organization pointers.
IFIC was formally funded in 1987, when a discussion between IC practitioners around the globe had highlighted the need to have an international gathering of specialists, to exchange knowledge, information, and to offer mutual support. For many years the annual meetings of the Infection Prevention Society of the UK (IPS) and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC ) in the US attracted infection control professionals from around the world. These meetings were found to be valuable for making international contacts and ultimately interest developed for formalizing such contacts. As a result of networking between infection control professionals from the UK, the US, Canada, Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands, an international conference entitled The Role of the Infection Control Nurse in the Surveillance, Prevention, and Control of Hospital Associated Infections was held in 1978 at the European office of the World Health Organization in Copenhagen, Denmark.