Informatics Tools are Needed to Stop Disease Threats, Ross Tells African Health Officials

On Aug. 8, while speaking to representatives from more than 30 African countries, Task Force President and Chief Executive Officer Dave Ross, ScD, emphasized the importance of stronger disease surveillance systems in order to stop diseases like Ebola and other health threats.

Dr. Ross delivered the keynote address during the 6th annual African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) conference in Abuja, Nigeria. During his remarks, Dr. Ross examined the important role of public health informatics in field epidemiology training programs (FETPs) for protecting and improving population health. Among other recommendations, Dr. Ross encouraged wider adoption of digital diagnostic technologies for disease surveillance.

AFENET, which assisted with Nigeria’s Ebola response in 2014, is part of a global network of 63 FETP programs that the Task Force for Global Health supports.

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