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A thread: Why Africa needs ownership of its health security 👇🏾

Despite @AfricaCDC recording 10000 monkeypox cases & 600 deaths in 2 yrs (20/21), @WHO stockpiled vaccines were only mobilised when monkeypox was identified in far fewer cases and no deaths in rich countries in 2022 The Numbers shown in the chart for Africa are for 2022 only!
The 1400 cases & 66 deaths in Africa in this chart are only for 2022! It’s only after going beyond Africa that stockpiled vaccines are being released & a Public Health Emergency being considered - note no death has been recorded outside Africa yet - we pray none occurs!
The continent has been containing Monkeypox since 1970, Are International Health Regulations (IHR) really fit-for-purpose for Africa? Africa needs its own instruments for emergency response at @AfricaCDC aligned and not contradictory to @WHO and the #IHR but supportive
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I welcome the recent engagement by sections of the media and public to engage + participate in global pandemic governance thru #stopthetreaty … but first there needs to be greater understating of what @WHO is + what currently is for discussion in #IHR reform #pandemictreaty 🧵
This is happening here in the UK too (thanks Russel Brand @rustyrockets for a plug to our work @LSEnews )
There are so many errors that I am seeing, as an expert in global health security and @WHO processes for pandemic preparedness & response I thought I would share some thoughts, this is complex and multi-stranded
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Statement on the eighth meeting of the International Health Regulations #IHR (2005) Emergency Committee regarding the coronavirus disease (#COVID19) pandemic @WHO

who.int/news/item/15-0…
The @WHO secretariat highlighted factors driving the current situation including:
➡️variants of concern,
➡️inconsistent application of public health & social measures,
➡️increased social mixing & mobility, &
➡️highly susceptible pop due to lack of equitable vaccine distribution
“The Committee noted that, despite national, regional, and global efforts, the pandemic is nowhere near finished. The pandemic continues to evolve with four variants of concern dominating global epidemiology….
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#Taiwan says @WHO failed to act on #coronavirus transmission warning ~ @primroseriordan @KatrinaManson @KathrinHille @clivecookson

Taiwan said its #doctors had heard from #mainland colleagues that medical staff were getting ill — a sign of human-to-human #transmission. 1/n
#Taipei officials said they reported this to both International Health Regulations (#IHR), a @WHO framework for exchange of #epidemic prevention and response data between 196 countries, and #Chinese health authorities on December 31. 2/n

#CCP_is_terrorist #CCPvirus #ChineseVirus
“While the #IHR’s internal website provides a platform for all countries to share information on the #epidemic and their response, none of the information shared by our country’s [@Taiwan_CDC] is being put up there,” said Chen Chien-jen, #Taiwan’s vice-president. 3/n

#CCPvirus
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An #outbreak of 27 cases of unidentified viral #pneumonia in #China, including potential exposures at a local market, has drawn comparisons to the emergence of #SARS. But does the evidence support those concerns? #OutbreakThursday
outbreakobservatory.org/outbreakthursd…
#Wuhan Update- Jan 3: 44 cases of viral #pneumonia, incl 11 "critically ill." Monitoring 121 contacts. Still no evidence of person-to-person transmission or HCW infections & no identified cause. Conducting genetic and culture tests. #SARS #Flu #China
wjw.wuhan.gov.cn/front/web/show…
#Singapore has identified a #pneumonia patient with recent travel to #Wuhan. Preliminary tests are positive for #RespiratorySyncytialVirus (#RSV) & the patient is in isolation as a precaution. #China #SARS #Outbreak
bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
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Exciting week ahead for us, as we carry out our mid-term Joint External Evaluation of International Health Regulations capacities.

Two years after #NGJEE17, time to re-evaluate, see how far we have come and identify priorities for the next three years

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During the JEE in 2017, we were only just starting our journey and it seemed like an impossible process.

However, with support from @WHO and partners, we carried on.

The most important part of the process was identifying key priorities to strengthen our #IHR capacities

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Since then, we have worked with other Ministries, Departments and Agencies in Nigeria to improve our capacity across the technical areas.

We now have a fully operational reference lab, EOCs in States, carried out a review of the various IHR laws etc. Image
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I've had interesting and very stimulating discussions this week, that highlight the critical difference the government structure in a Federal Republic like #Nigeria creates for health security, compared to countries with unitary systems of government

#NCDCSundayReflections
Our role at @NCDCgov as included in the #NCDCAct requires us to 'support' states in outbreak preparedness and response. However, the dependence from states on the national agency is very high. Yet, we cannot ignore, because when we do, people die.
Health is on the "concurrent" list in #Nigeria, i.e responsibility of Federal & Sate govts. Unlike our security architecture which is centralised, our #healthsecurity is de-centralised. No clear line of control & we've to work hard to collaborate & cooperate across govt levels
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