AFENET Nigeria is working closely with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to drive catalytic actions towards implementing the Regional Disease Surveillance System Enhancement (REDISSE) Project, with funding support from the RESOLVE To Save Lives (RTSL) initiative. With RTSL support, AFENET established an Implementation Support Unit (ISU) in NCDC whose main objective is to increase implementation support for strengthening of surveillance systems, laboratory networks, emergency response operations, and public health workforce, to reach the “developed capacity” level on components of the International Health Regulation (IHR) M&E Framework (e.g., Joint External Evaluation and Annual Report Self-Assessment). Initiated in 2017, through this mechanism, AFENET is supporting NCDC in the following focus areas:

  • REDISSE implementation: provide technical support to REDISSE Project Coordination Unit (PCU) and National project coordinator
  • Support planning and implementation of the National Action Plan for Health Security (NAPHS)
  • Provide Surge capacity to NCDC for outbreak responses as directed by CEO
  • Strengthen Laboratory Network function for IDSR priority diseases.
  • Support establishment and operationalization of an NCDC Outbreak Investigation Revolving Fund (OIF)

Project Progress to Date

REDISSE project development

  • REDISSE project effectiveness- Feb 2018
  • REDISSE project launch- April 2018
  • REDISSE and NAPHS alignment
  • NAPHS development and launch

Accelerate REDISSE project implementation

  • REDISSE NAPHS tracker
  • Coordination meeting between REDISSE PCU and activity leads
  • TA for project/activity development (concept notes, TOR, etc)
  • Structured work schedule between PCU (and ISU) and activity leads
  • Project review meetings by PCU

Surge capacity for outbreak response

  • Participate in Technical Working Groups for Yellow fever, CSM, Lassa fever, Measles outbreak response

Laboratory Network support

  • Supported development of lab network directory
  • Supported development of lab network maps
  • Support strengthening of TRANEX operations
  • Yellow fever/measles/rubella network labs training, post training f/up & supervision and procurement support
  • Support to yellow fever and Measles EOC-lab pillar coordination
  • Cholera/CSM lab network assessment
  • Supported influenza network refresher training
  • Support to integration of lab modules into SORMAS and operationalization in NRL and other network labs
  • Support to Lassa fever and CSM outbreak response
  • CSM diagnostics training
  • Support to AMR network training on AST, WHONET, GLASS
  • Support to Zika pilot sentinel surveillance protocol development

Increased domestic and international resources

  • Increased public awareness of epidemic prevention efforts
  • Supported creation of a budget line for NCDC
  • Established Outbreak Investigation Revolving Fund-operational as of Mar 2019
  • Created a GoN and partner advocacy roadmap for NAPHS