London hosts an Historic African Gathering

16 October 2018

Philip Onyebujoh, David Heymann, Sarah Edwards, Ali Zumla, John Nkengasong, Ibrahim Abubakar and Tim McHugh

UCL and Chatham House members of PANDORA-ID-NET met with the Director of Africa CDC, Dr John Nkengasong, at Chatham House on 10th October to set goals for joint working.

The PANDORA consortium (Pan-African Network For Rapid Research, Response, Relief and Preparedness for Infectious Disease Epidemics) aims to develop and strengthen effective outbreak response capacities across all geographical regions in sub-Saharan Africa, in partnership with national governments and other international stakeholders.  PANDORA’s steering group includes UCL-TB’s Professor Sir Alimiddin Zumla (one of the project directors), Professor Ibrahim Abubakar, Professor Sarah Edwards and Professor Tim McHugh.

Those attending the PANDORA/CDC meeting were delighted to discover that there was a simultaneous meeting of African faith-based leaders and leaders of malaria control initiatives at the same venue.  The PANDORA/Africa CDC group were invited to join the discussions and share experience.