Towards One Health Intelligence surveillance systems

July 6, 2023
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The increase in global diseases and other health threats in recent decades has necessitated the importance of strengthening our surveillance systems towards early detection and monitoring of drivers The recent COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the vulnerability of countries to such global health threats, which requires collective actions beyond individual organisations and countries (Agenda 2024, 2020). There…

Tanzania launches a National Digital Platform for Disaster Management

July 6, 2023
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The Prime Minister’s Office through the Department of Disaster Management (DMD) has officially launched a National Digital Platform for Disaster Management. The launching event was held on 30th June 2023 in Dodoma and graced by the Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office (Policy, Parliament, and Coordination), Dr Jim Yonaz. The platform was developed as…


June 10, 2023
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REPORTING PERIOD (March 2020 – June 2022) FUNDED BY SKOLL FOUNDATION Agreement for Award #20-45012 of March 20th, 2020 ABSTRACT The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak was first reported in a cluster of patients with fever and respiratory symptoms in Wuhan, China on 31 December 2019. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the disease a…

The potential of microparticles for active surveillance of infectious diseases

June 9, 2023
Emmanuel Kifaro from the SACIDS Foundation for One Health, and College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania, details the potential application of microparticles for active surveillance of viral infections from non-invasive animal matrices The tremendous increase in the occurrence of infectious diseases and drug resistance poses higher risks to global…

Enhancing community-based disease surveillance using Afyadata in Mozambique

June 9, 2023
SACIDS, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health in Mozambique is capitalizing on its AfyaData, a digital disease surveillance app, to enhance early detection, timely reporting and prompt feedback/response to health-related signals/events, including COVID-19 and other priority diseases in the country The Directorate of the National Institute of Health (INS) has authorized implementation of AfyaData…

The importance of animal health surveillance

June 9, 2023
Janeth George from SACIDS Foundation for One Health and College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, details what we need to know about enhancing the effectiveness of animal health surveillance in Africa through a systems-based integrative research approach The importance of animal health surveillance cannot be understated. Firstly, it safeguards the health and welfare of animals. It also safeguards the safety…

SACIDS Foundation for One Health – tackling infectious diseases

June 9, 2023
As an inter-institutional virtual centre dealing with infectious diseases, SACIDS focuses on both individual and institutional development The SACIDS Foundation for One Health (SACIDS)  – formerly Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance – is  a Regional Research and Training Institute of Sokoine University of Agriculture on behalf of Membership. SACIDS was founded in January 2008: as a regional…

SACIDS: A decade of experience developing One Health capacity in Africa

January 4, 2022
Gerald Misinzo and Mark Rweyemamu tells us about the decade of work done by the SACIDS Foundation for One Health to protect Sub-Saharan Africa from deadly infectious diseases, including COVID-19. Faced with the conundrum of a high burden of infectious disease yet a low capacity for its risk management, representatives of academic and research institutions…

Congo: Pathogen sequencing for infectious disease epidemics

October 11, 2021
Dr Placide Mbala-Kingebeni and Prof Jean-Jacques Muyembe Tamfum, discuss the contribution of pathogen sequencing in the management of infectious disease epidemics in the Democratic Republic of Congo   The COVID-19 pandemic Since the detection of the first case of COVID-19 on March 10, 2020, in the DRC, the cumulative number of cases as of September 4, 2021, is 55,992, including 55,991 confirmed…