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What is in the name GET?

Global: While GET is an Africa based consortium of experts focusing on Emerging Infectious Diseases (EIDs) arising in Africa, EIDs do not respect international borders and can cross long distances naturally or by man’s increasing rapid global interconnectivity. This means that EID may arise in Africa or anywhere else in the world and affect any population. GET has many international members and deep collaborations with international institutions.

Emerging Pathogens: This refers to both natural infections usually arising from bugs emerging from the animal kingdom to affect humans and now with technological advancement can also include man made or artificially altered pathogens or bugs (Bacteria, Viruses, Fungi and Parasites) that have the potential to cause human disease and disequilibrium in the ecosystem. Emerging Pathogens can also include neglected historical infectious diseases such as river blindness, bilharzias, guinea worm and sleeping sickness as examples, which should not be relegated from focus due to emergence of new exotic pathogens.

Treatment: Refers to modelling, prediction, prevention, preparedness, detection, containment, social and ethical considerations, advocacy, community engagement and science communication.

Consortium: Is a convergence of diverse expertise including public opinion indigenous knowledge systems, necessary to collectively provide the best possible culturally sensitive response to a biological threat and public health emergency as fast as possible.

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The - still ongoing - 2014 outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa has devastated the health care landscape in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. EVD has been around in Africa before, but never before has it hit that badly. Sadly, neither the African nor the global community were in any way prepared for it.

Obviously, this should never happen again, not with Ebola, not with any of the other pathogens that attract little attention outside Africa, yet create great human suffering on African soil.

It is here, where we as the Global Emerging Pathogen Treatment Consortium (GET) comes in: As a non-profit organisation registered in Ghana, Nigeria and the USA, we are a multi-Read more…

Bill Gates warns the world to prep for bio-terrorism

Bill Gates says it's time to redirect some of the money the world spends on weapons to prepare for a looming threat: terrorists with pathogens.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/02/18/technology/bill-gates-bio-terrorism/index.html?sr=twCNN021817%2Fbill-gates-bio-terrorism%2Findex.html0701PMStoryLink&linkId=34648561

WHO Director-General briefs Executive Board on Zika situation

Dr Margaret Chan

Director-General of the World Health Organization

Briefing to the Executive Board on the Zika situation
Geneva, Switzerland

28 January 2016

Zika Virus Spreads to New Areas — Region of the Americas, May 2015–January 2016

 Weekly / January 29, 2016

 
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6503e1.htm

Women Infected With Zika Virus Recount Fatigue, Pain of Illness

 By Gillian Mohney

Biological Weapons Convention to be held on 14th December 2015 (Geneva)



The first case of sexually transmitted Ebola has been confirmed - ScienceAlert -


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Genetic tests have confirmed that a Liberian woman contracted Ebola in March after having sex with a survivor of the disease. Even though it was known that Ebola could survive in semen for weeks after a patient's symptoms had cleared up, this is the first time it's been confirmed that the disease can be transmitted sexually - and it also show that the virus can persist in bodily fluids a lot longer than we ever suspected.
 
The couple in question had unprotected sex six months after the man was first infected with Ebola, and 155 days after a blood test declared that he was clear of the virus - well past the 90 days that the virus was previously assumed to survive in bodily fluids, and that survivors are currently told to abstain from sex. But analysis has shown that not only were the genomes of the man's and woman's virus virtually genetically identical, they were also different from all other Western African Ebola viruses that had been sequenced.

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 Ebola study finds women in Guinea who appear immune to the virus

Women and children in the Guinean village of Meliandou
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 Scientists studying survivors of recent outbreak in west Africa say some women never contracted the virus despite having Ebola antibodies. A study of Ebola survivors in west Africa has found a group of women who appear to be immune to the deadly virus. The discovery was made by a team of British and European scientists who are studying Ebola survivors in Guinea.

“These are phenomenal women who have had a horrendous story to tell. They have had lots of contact with the virus, clearing up vomit, diarrhoea, sleeping with children with Ebola overnight, and they never presented with Ebola symptoms and somehow they have an immune response to the virus,” said Prof Miles Carroll, a virologist and head of research at Public Health England’s national infection service. Early data from the research also offers a theory as to why survivors have not contracted Ebola for a second time even when the virus lingers in places such as the testes, spinal cord and eye chamber.

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http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/15/ebola-study-finds-women-guinea-appear-immune-virus

 

 

Drug-resistant malaria can infect African mosquitoes

A drug-resistant malaria parasite found in South East Asia can also infect mosquito species in Africa, a study shows.

The transmission experiments were carried out in a laboratory, but they suggest the spread of this deadly strain into the continent is possible.

The scientists say the consequences of this would be dire, putting millions of lives at risk.

Read More here http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-34583854

 Ebola caused meningitis in nurse Pauline Cafferkey

Ms Cafferkey is being treated in a specialist unit in London

A Scottish nurse who contracted Ebola while working in West Africa is recovering well after the virus caused her to develop meningitis.

Pauline Cafferkey, 39, was readmitted to an isolation unit at the Royal Free Hospital in London earlier this month after suffering an apparent relapse.

Health officials confirmed she had been diagnosed with meningitis caused by Ebola and had a "long recovery ahead".

Read More here http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-34592132?SThisFB

 

Mystery deaths in Sierra Leone spread fear of Ebola relapses

REUTERS
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2015 2:20 PM GMT

By Kemo Cham and Emma Farge

FREETOWN/DAKAR (Reuters) - A poster in Sierra Leone's crumbling coastal capital Freetown proclaims a message from an Ebola survivor called Sulliaman: "I feel 100 percent healthy!" Another beaming survivor Juliana says: "I am one of the safest people to be around!"

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Gates Foundation Announces Support to Ebola-Affected Countries To Accelerate the Evaluation of Potential Treatments

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
 
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced that it will be supporting efforts in Guinea and other Ebola-affected countries to scale up the production and... 
 

Consortium launched to address infectious diseases

Accra, June 29, GNA - A new organisation known as the Global Emerging Pathogens Treatment Consortium (GET) has been launched in Ghana to help find solutions to emerging infectious diseases in Africa.

Read More Here..

http://www.ghananewsagency.org/health/consortium-launched-to-address-infectious-diseases-91231#.VZKV9nbfkbE.gmail

Guinea records three new cases of Ebola, brings total to nine

CONAKRY (Reuters)

Three more people in Guinea have been infected with the Ebola virus, a senior health official said on Wednesday, further dampening hopes of an imminent end to the world's worst recorded outbreak of the disease. Read more here... http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFKCN0SN0MH20151029

 

How Nigeria beat the ebola virus in three months

The diagnosis of the first case of Ebola in Lagos, Nigeria in July last year set off alarm bells around the world. The fear was that it would trigger an apocalyptic epidemic that would make the outbreaks in Liberia, Sierra-Leone and Guinea, where 1322 cases were reported and 728 people had died within five months, pale in comparison.

Read more here.... http://theconversation.com/how-nigeria-beat-the-ebola-virus-in-three-months-41372

How traditional healers helped defeat Ebola

 

Freetown, Sierra Leone - A year and a half after the Ebola outbreak began there is at last good news for Sierra Leone.

On Saturday it is expected the country will reach 42 days since the last recorded case, meaning it will be officially declared Ebola free.

Read more here.... http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2015/10/traditional-healers-helped-defeat-ebola-151028114811599.html

Ebola outbreak: Sierra Leone to be declared disease-free

People in Sierra Leone are celebrating ahead of expected official confirmation that the country is free of Ebola.

Read more here.... http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-34755170

 

Sierra Leone: rebuilding lives in Freetown after Ebola – in pictures

As Sierra Leone waits to be declared Ebola-free, the people of Magazine Wharf, one of the capital’s largest slums, are trying to get back to business as usual

Read more here.... http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/gallery/2015/nov/07/sierra-leone-ebola-freetown-magazine-wharf-in-pictures

 

Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey 'has made full recovery'

A Scottish nurse who was readmitted to hospital after suffering complications arising from the Ebola infection has made a "full recovery", doctors say..

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New Ebola cases hit Liberia after country declared virus free

Fri Nov 20, 2015 | 3:08 PM EST

MONROVIA Nov 20 (Reuters) - Three new cases of Ebola emerged in Liberia on Friday, a setback for a country that had been declared free of the disease on September 3 and also a blow for the wider region as it struggles to end an epidemic that has killed around 11,300 people.

Read more here.... http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSL8N13F1JJ20151120

 

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Mission

To address humanitarian and health crises, biological and environmental threats arising from emerging and re-emerging highly infectious pathogens through research, logistic and technological capacity building across Africa.

Vision

To promote and strength all stakeholders to gain the capacity for timely and effective mitigation strategies against neglected and highly infectious pathogens, particularly in regions with compromised capacity due to conflict, climatic variation or ecological disruption.

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