Strengthening Outbreak Preparedness and Response in the African Region in the Context of the Current Influenza Pandemic
AbstractOn 11 June 2009, the WHO raised the influenza pandemic alert level to phase 6. The Regional Office for Africa had already launched a programme to combat the potential spread of the novel influenza virus at the end of April 2009. Member States of the African Region responded to the situation by reactivating their Epidemic Management Committees and revising their Pandemic Preparedness and Response Plans. The African Union Conference of Ministers of Health, at its fourth session in Ethiopia in early May 2009, urged Member States to mobilise the necessary logistics and financial resources needed to mitigate the potential impact of an influenza pandemic in Africa. 2. A pandemic could have serious humanitarian, social and economic impact on Member States of the African Region because of overstretched health systems due to the high burden of communicable and noncommunicable diseases as well as inadequate human resources, overcrowding of slums in urban areas, and lack of clean water, adequate sanitation, food hygiene and infection control.
Regional Committee for Africa, 59. (2011). Strengthening Outbreak Preparedness and Response in the African Region in the Context of the Current Influenza Pandemic. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/1787