Cameroon has embarked on a plan to strengthen the surveillance of zoonoses on its territory. As part of this strategy, the country is hosting, over the next three years, the AfriCam project -financed by the French Development Agency (AFD) and coordinated by the Agricultural Research Center for International Development (CIRAD).
The project is aimed at implementing activities to reduce the emergence of zoonotic risks and strengthen, in coordination with local and national partners, the existing surveillance systems. "The involvement of frontline populations is essential. Participatory surveillance, complementary to classical epidemiological surveillance, is one of our main focuses. Getting the populations involved in the project will come easier as long as they understand the issues,” explains Antoine Lury, coordinator of the AfriCam project at CIRAD.
In addition to Cameroon, the project is being implemented in Guinea, Madagascar, Senegal, and Cambodia.
Michel Ange Nga