Alhaji U. Njai, Co-Chair for West African Consortium for Clinical Research on Epidemic Pathogens (WACCREP), hosts regional countries Guinea, Liberia, Mali, and Cote D’Ivoire in Freetown in a meeting to develop a research agenda.

The West Africa Consortium for Clinical Research on Epidemic Prone Pathogens (WACCREP) is an organization comprising members from Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, and Sierra Leone. Due to the increased prevalence of emerging and re-emerging infectious disease outbreaks, the development of a consortium research agenda is critical to support the Ministries of Health of member states to effectively prepare and respond to infectious disease outbreaks.

Sharing the event on his Social media Facebook page Mr. Njai said that “The initiative I started last year as a small idea to develop the research agenda that I proposed is a reality.”

He went on to explain their time at Raddisson stating that, “We had two productive technical working days at Radisson Blu, Freetown, July 28-29, 2023 that culminated in a draft research agenda for WACCREP.”

At the end of his post, he said, “It was nice to see the USCDC Country Director, Dr. Daphne Moffett in attendance and actively participating in group work. Many thanks to our WACCREP Leadership, US NIH, USCDC, AFENET, and Project 1808, Inc. for supporting this regional meeting. We have great technical minds in the region and all that is needed is leadership and the will to move things forward.”