Supporting a Multi-Partner Consortium for Sustainable Cholera Surveillance
Launched in 2009, Africhol is a three-year project of the Agence de Médecine Préventive (AMP) funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The project has created a consortium that supports a sustainable multi-site cholera surveillance network in nine African countries: Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Guinea, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Togo, and Uganda.
Improving Cholera Prevention and Control through Evidence-Based Policies
The purpose of the surveillance network is to build evidence for cholera prevention and control measures (including vaccine adoption). This information will enable decision makers to determine the most appropriate interventions.
Building on Existing National Capacities
Africhol works within existing national surveillance systems to implement a protocol for data collection and analysis. The common protocol for all participating countries ensures that the data collected is standardized and comparable between all countries.
Fostering More Local Research on Cholera
Participating national partners are strongly encouraged to conduct further research and intervention projects. The results of these projects should be shared with the consortium and made available to the public. The ensuing body of data will serve as a reference to the scientific community and the interested public worldwide to inspire and inform their work on cholera.