The A-Z of diseases is a directory of common diseases of infectious origin that affect Nigerians. They are arranged in alphabetical order for ease of search and navigation.

The NFELTP is a two year in-service training program in applied epidemiology, veterinary epidemiology and public health laboratory epidemiology and management.

Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu assumed the role as Chief Executive Officer/ National Coordinator of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on the 15th of August 2016.

The process to develop this new strategic plan took months of reviewing previous plans that had not been implemented, identifying reasons why previous goals had not been achieved, speaking with our leadership at the Federal Ministry of Health and partners to understand expectations, and finally an internal review process which included a workshop to collect the views of all staff. Months of engagement has produced a new organogram to guide our activities, five goals, 22 objectives and 89 activities and deliverables.

The document is the first of its kind in Nigeria that integrates all aspects of control such as Prevention, Surveillance, Laboratory diagnosis, and Case Management, Risk Communication with Social Mobilisation, Vaccines/Logistics and Incident Management Coordination for meningitis outbreaks with sample details of some useful practical annexes. Compliance with this guideline will improve our response capacity in any subsequent outbreak of meningitis in Nigeria and I urge all stakeholders at the frontline of outbreak control efforts to utilise this document as a guide to Meningitis outbreak preparedness and response.

My reflections on our activities during the year under review have led me to the conclusion that despite the many successes we have recorded, there is still room for improvement. Lessons have been learned which can only improve our performance and impact. Our success has been achieved despite working within a context of constrained financial resources and historical skepticism of the potential for good work in a public parastatal.I am eternally grateful for the commitment shown by the leadership of the Federal Ministry of Health- the Honourable Minister, the Minister of State and the Permanent Secretary, towards the development of a vibrant, modern and effective NCDC that is able to assure the country’s health security.

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