The APUA African Chapter Initiative: A 10 Year Commitment and Beyond

In 2001, APUA set out to develop a chapter network in Sub-Saharan Africa to supplement the limited resources available there to fight high rates of infectious disease. A major focus has been reduction of preventable or easily treatable bacterial diseases such as pneumonia and diarrheal diseases which are prevalent in the general population and often co-infect HIV patients.

Ten years later, the APUA African Chapter network is comprised of chapters in Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia, with several more under development. APUA headquarters provides regular complimentary educational materials and on-site trainings to improve laboratory capacity and clinical expertise. APUA has been the first to introduce susceptibility testing to track resistance and guide the switch to effective antibiotics.

APUA chapters are comprised of local opinion leaders with government and professional society connections to act as champions for healthcare investments and improvements in their countries.

For example, APUA chapters in Zambia and Uganda facilitated introduction of APUA’s recent situation analysis funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. With the chapters’ assistance, APUA staff, Dr. Susan Foster and Dr. Aníbal Sosa coordinated in-country research teams of over 100 workers, compiling over 10,000 records from rural and urban sites. At the end of the two year study, country stakeholders were convened to consider implications and recommend interventions.

APUA-Ghana is the newest edition to the Africa Chapter Network. Learn more about the Chapter Leader,Dr. Kwaku Poku Asante.

The APUA global chapter network in over 65 countries seeks to improve diagnosis and treatment of infections through improving regulatory policies and clinical practices. The APUA works in close collaboration with other organizations including the WHOCGD, and the CDC.
 For more information on the Global Chapter Network see the APUA Chapter Network page on our Web site.