Collaborating to Address Health Needs
AMP has been working in Africa since 1972. With a commitment to collaboration and cooperation, we have forged strong partnerships with local communities, governments, and organizations to address Africa's complex health needs—from a lack of infrastructure, to poverty, and a shortage of skilled health workers.
AM has a regional office in Côte d'Ivoire (Abidjan) and country offices in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso), Benin (Cotonou), and Togo (Dapaong).
Surveillance, Clinical Trials, and Effectiveness Studies
In our first year of operation, we set up a regional office in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso (then called Upper Volta) to facilitate work in eight Francophone countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, and Togo. We initially focused on improving sample collection for laboratory diagnosis of yellow fever, smallpox, monkeypox, cholera, measles, and meningococcal meningitis. Soon after, we started developing clinical trials and effectiveness studies.
Vaccination Coverage and Health Worker Training
In the 1980s, AMP worked with UNICEF, WHO, and other partners to develop the Universal Child Immunization (UCI) initiative in West Africa, notably Burkina Faso. We also partnered with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop training in applied epidemiology for both French and African health professionals.
Sustainable Immunization Gains
In the following decade, we began to address injection safety, health economics, and sustainability. We also continued our efforts to tackle the health worker shortage through training programs in epidemiology and health program management (e.g., EPIGEPS). Since 2000, we have continued to collaborate with a diversity of actors in the field to promote sustainable evidence-based health policies, strengthen immunization services, develop advocacy for immunization, and support the development of skilled health professionals. To support our expanding presence in Africa, we have opened additional regional offices in Côte d'Ivoire, Benin, and Burkina Faso, and Togo.