"PneumoADIP’s small grant allowed me to start some surveillance locally. Without it, I couldn’t have gotten this idea off the ground."

Adegoke Falade,

Department of Paediatrics, University College Hospital,

University of Ibadan,

Ibadan, Nigeria

Researchers all over the world are now collecting surveillance data that will establish the huge burden of pneumococcal disease in the developing world.

Researchers all over the world are collecting surveillance data that will establish the burden of pneumococcal disease in the developing world

Surveillance and Research in Africa

Surveillance

The Network for Surveillance of Pneumococcal Disease in the East Africa Region is a pneumococcal and Hib disease surveillance network operating in seven countries in East Africa. It works in conjunction with the WHO/AFRO Pediatric Bacterial Meningitis Network in many surveillance sites.

netSPEAR's primary goal is to provide a focal point within East Africa for sharing and compiling data on S. pneumoniae and H. influenzae that is already being collected. It will also expand the region's capacity for effective, routine surveillance by developing clinical case definitions that precipitate sample collection and laboratory procedures that result in bacterial isolation.

Once collected, the network will disseminate findings to regional network partners, including surveillance sites, Ministries of Health, multilateral organizations and donors supporting vaccination. The data will also be used to extrapolate regional estimates of pneumococcal disease burden.

For more information, visit netSPEAR's website at www.netspear.org and read the netSPEAR newsletter.

Small Grants

Burkina Faso and Togo

Capacity building and operational research on bacterial meningitis due to Streptococcus pneumoniae in the Bobo-Dioulasso region and the proportion of bacteremic pneumococcal disease among people hospitalized with pneumonia in Burkina Fao (Association pour l’aide a la Médecine Préventive)

Congo

Prevalence of invasive cerebrospinal disease, resistance profiles, and serotype Dem. Rep distributions of pediatric infections due to Streptococcus pneumoniae in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kinshasa School of Public Health and UCLA)

Kenya

Long-term survival and disability in children who survived pneumococcal meningitis treated in a district hospital in Kenya (Kenya Medical Research Institute, Kilifi District Hospital)

Presenting the case for improved childhood vaccination in Kenya (Kenya Pediatric Association)

Mozambique

Surveillance of bacterial meningitis among children under 15 years of age hospitalized in the Manhiça Hospital, Mozambique (Manhiça Hospital)

Nigeria

Serotypes and antibiotic sensitivities of invasive S. pneumoniae in Ile-Ife, Osun State (Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex)

A study of invasive pneumococcal disease among children in Ibadan City, Nigeria (University of Ibadan/University College Hospital)

Tanzania

The serotype distribution of carriage and invasive pneumococcal isolates from children in northern Tanzania (Kilimanjaro Christian Medical College, Tumaini University, Royal Free & University College Medical School)