Every year since 2016, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and its Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme (NFELTP) have held an annual scientific conference. In 2020, the conference was cancelled due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. A conference is now being planned in 2021 to build on lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic, but also address other public health emergencies in the last one year.
On February 27, 2020, the Federal Ministry of Health through the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed the first COVID-19 case in Ogun State, Nigeria, making the country the third country in Africa with an imported COVID-19 case after Egypt and Algeria. The epidemiology of COVID-19 in Nigeria has since evolved, with cases identified in all 36 states in the country, plus the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
In addition to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nigeria continues to record cases of Lassa fever, measles, yellow fever, cholera and monkeypox. Nigeria also faces several public health challenges and a high burden of diseases like Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and malaria.
The present COVID-19 pandemic and other disease outbreaks have serious health, security, and economic impact for the global community including countries like Nigeria.
Various public health officers including staff of NCDC, Nigeria’s FELTP and others, have played a key role as part of the response workforce for infectious disease outbreaks in Nigeria and the rest of Africa.
The NiCAFE conference will provide an opportunity to discuss the epidemiology of infectious diseases in Nigeria and the impact of these on regional and global health security. The conference will allow speakers and attendees to share their experience and knowledge, demonstrate practical techniques and guidance in preventing, detecting and responding to infectious disease outbreaks. It will also provide an opportunity for capacity development through pre-conference workshops and networking.