Rabies in West Africa, a forum to coordinate regular meeting among governments and stakeholders in one-health, was inaugurated in December, 2012 to link Anglophone and Francophone West African countries in the surveillance and control of rabies. It aims to disseminate progress reports on rabies surveillance and control activities in West Africa. Its first conference was jointly sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria and the University of Ibadan Centre for Control and Prevention of Zoonoses. The 2nd conference was held concurrently with the 20th Congress of the Ghana Veterinary Medical Association. The scientific programme included 2 lead papers, 9 symposia and a roundtable discussion. The presented papers which focused on: (i) knowledge, attitude and practices among native community stakeholders; (ii) clinical detection and outbreak investigations; (iii) national laboratory diagnostic activities and vaccination records; (iv) wildlife infection study; and (v) spatial or spatio-temporal distribution of dog bite victims with suspected, probable and confirmed rabies exposures from three countries namely, Ghana (7); Nigeria (4) and Liberia (1). The conference gave consensus report that rabies has remained a neglected disease in West Africa and therefore deserves one-health approach for its control and prevention alongside a stepwise eradication in domestic dogs and humans.

Madina, 28 - 31 October 2014
Organizers: The Society for Rabies in West Africa
Date published: 11 Dec 2017

Conference abstracts

Emergence of rabies in West Africa forum
Albert Ogunkoya
PAMJ Conf Proceedings. 13 Dec 2017; 1 (5):1. doi:10.11604/pamj.cp.2017.5.1.518
Rabies surveillance program and CCPZ inclusive learning model for addressing one-health educational challenge in West Africa
Babasola Olugasa, Ayotunde Fasunla
PAMJ Conf Proceedings. 13 Dec 2017; 1 (5):2. doi:10.11604/pamj.cp.2017.5.2.520
One-health approach to the control and prevention of rabies in humans and animals: overcoming the barriers
Anthony Osei-Tutu, Dickson Ankugah, Ernest Ameyaw, Mark Tettey, Kwesi Sarpong
PAMJ Conf Proceedings. 13 Dec 2017; 1 (5):3. doi:10.11604/pamj.cp.2017.5.3.523
Case pattern of urban human rabies in Liberia: a descriptive and categorical analysis of age, gender and spatial distribution in Monrovia, Liberia, August - December, 2010
Ayodeji Olarinmoye, Fahnboah Dakinah, Babasola Olugasa
PAMJ Conf Proceedings. 13 Dec 2017; 1 (5):4. doi:10.11604/pamj.cp.2017.5.4.533
Demography of dog butchers with associated practices and potentials for rabies exposure in Kaduna State, Nigeria
Solomon Audu, Dan Adawa, Albert Ogunkoya
PAMJ Conf Proceedings. 13 Dec 2017; 1 (5):5. doi:10.11604/pamj.cp.2017.5.5.525
Household exposure and animal-bite surveillance following human rabies detection in Southern Ghana
Kofi Afakye, Ernest Kenu, Kofi Nyarko, Sherry Johnson, Florence Wongnaah, George Bonsu
PAMJ Conf Proceedings. 13 Dec 2017; 1 (5):6. doi:10.11604/pamj.cp.2017.5.6.526
Outbreak of rabies at Nyive in the Ho Municipality, Volta Region, Ghana, 2013
Esther Amemor, Ruben Nusenu, Christine Adjei, John Tampuori, Atsu Seaker-Kwaku, Christopher Kankpetinge, Ebenezer Afari, Chima Ohuabunwo, Frederick Wurapa, Samuel Sackey
PAMJ Conf Proceedings. 13 Dec 2017; 1 (5):7. doi:10.11604/pamj.cp.2017.5.7.527
Lagos bat virus infection study
Richard Suu-Ire, Yaa Ntiamoah-Baidu, Andrew Cunningham, James Wood
PAMJ Conf Proceedings. 13 Dec 2017; 1 (5):8. doi:10.11604/pamj.cp.2017.5.8.530
Can the cycle of rabies transmission be broken with current dog vaccination coverage in the Greater Accra Region, Ghana?
Perdita Lopes, Patricia Akweongo, Ebenezer Afari, Frederick Wurapa, Samuel Sackey
PAMJ Conf Proceedings. 13 Dec 2017; 1 (5):9. doi:10.11604/pamj.cp.2017.5.9.529
Evaluation of two rapid diagnostic tests for rabies diagnosis under field and laboratory conditions in Nigeria
Philip Mshelbwala, Albert Ogunkoya, Usman Abdullahi, Beatty Maikai
PAMJ Conf Proceedings. 13 Dec 2017; 1 (5):10. doi:10.11604/pamj.cp.2017.5.10.531
Rabies elimination as a one-health model for the tropics: can this be a solution to the protracted problem in West Africa?
George Beran, Albert Ogunkoya, Benjamin Emikpe, William Tasiame, Nykoi Jomah, Ayotunde Fasunla, Babasola Olugasa
PAMJ Conf Proceedings. 13 Dec 2017; 1 (5):11. doi:10.11604/pamj.cp.2017.5.11.532