New APUA Chapter in Ghana
Dr. Yilkal Asfaw, DVM, Associate Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (Addis Ababa University) and member of the APUA-Ethiopia chapter, has offered an AMR Advocacy and Intervetion presentation entitled Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and Residues in Livestock and their Products - Consequences to Public Health in Ethiopia at multiple Ethiopian venues, including the School of Pharmacy, Addis Ababa University; the Ministry of Agriculture; and the meeting of the Ethiopian Food, Medicines, and Health Care Administration and Control Authority held April 8-15, 2011. Dr. Yilkal is an advocate of antimicrobial resistance control and has authored or co-authored more than twenty peer-reviewed journal publications in his field of study. He was one of the investigators in the Ethiopian Antimicrobials Use, Resistance and Containment Baseline Survey.
APUA–Nepal was featured in an Article published in the WHO Regional Forum. Dr. K.K. Kafle, the Head of the Department of Clinical Pharmacology at the Institute of Medicine, and Professor B.M. Pohkrel, the Chief Editor of the Nepal Association for Medical Laboratory Sciences co-authored "Antimicrobial resistance at different levels of health-care services in Nepal," which can be found at: http://www.searo.who.int/LinkFiles/WHD-11_RHF.pdf/
New APUA Chapter in Ghana
In March 2011, Ghana joined APUA’s global chapter network. The new Chapter leader is Dr. Kwaku Poku Asante, a public health physician with an interest in interventions that will reduce the burden of public health disease. Dr. Asante holds a BSc. in Medical Sciences (1997), an MD degree (2001) and a Masters in Public Health (2004) from the premier University of Ghana. He has additional training in the conduct of health research, project management, communication and research ethics.
In the last 6 years, Dr. Asante has led key research investigations into malaria, meningitis and anemia in the Kintampo North and South Districts, utilizing both qualitative and quantitative methods in evaluating health programs. Currently, he is a Clinical Research Fellow at the Kintampo Health Research Centre, Ghana Health Service and holds a Malaria Vaccine Advocacy Fellowship with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation/ PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative. We are pleased to welcome Dr. Asante and the new Ghana chapter to APUA’s network of 66 chapters worldwide.
Pan American Symposium on Antibiotic Resistance and Appropriate Antibiotic Use at the XV Pan American Congress of Infectious Diseases 2011
Punta del Este, Uruguay on April 9th
Apprearance from left to right: Pilar Ramon-Pardo, MD, PhD. PAHO, Washington, DC, Gabriel Levy-Hara, MD. Hospital Carlos G Durand, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Miguel Angel Peredo, MD., APUA-Mexico Chapter Leader, Anahi Cristina Dreser Mansilla, MD., MSc., Centro de Investigación en Sistemas de Salud, National Institute of Public Health, Mexico., Anibal Sosa, MD., APUA-International, Boston, MA, USA., Luis Bavestrello, MD., Vina del Mar, Chile