Journal: Vaccine. 2011 Jan 10;29(3):363-9.
Directorate: Scientific Directorate
The burden of influenza disease is to a large extent unknown for the African continent. Moreover, the interaction of influenza with common infectious diseases in Africa remains poorly described. Solid scientific evidence on the influenza disease burden in Africa is critical for the development of effective influenza vaccine policies. On 1st and 2nd June 2010 in Marrakech, Morocco, over eighty surveillance and influenza experts from 22 African countries as well as Europe and America met at the ’Afriflu’ conference to discuss influenza challenges and solutions for the continent. During the meeting, participants exchanged their experiences and discussed a wide variety of topics related to influenza in Africa, including diagnosis, surveillance, epidemiology, and interventions. The meeting concluded with a pledge to improve influenza knowledge and awareness in Africa, with an emphasis on accurate determination of disease burden to help orient public health policies.