scientists.jpgAfrican governments have been challenged to train more scientists to enable them to research the nature of new diseases and prevent them before there is a break out.

The call was made by health experts from more than 46 African countries who convened at the 2nd African International Conference on Immunity in Victoria Falls.

The aim of the conference was to enable health experts to share ideas and best practices to establish effective immunisation and vaccination of infectious diseases on the continent.

European Federation of Immunological Societies chairperson, Professor Elopy Sibanda, said African countries have a tendency to react when there is an outbreak, hence the need to focus on prevention options of new and current diseases.

“Our biggest problem as African countries is that we normally start reacting once there is an outbreak, but what we want is a situation where prevention and treatment options are made available well in advance,” he said.

National AIDS Council Board member, Dr. Phineas Makurira, said while every effort is made to ensure a zero tolerance on diseases, shortage of human resources remains a critical issue.

The conference noted that HIV and AIDS, TB and malaria continue to be the most common cases of illness and death, while allergic conditions are also increasing.

It ran under the theme, “Immunity in Infectious Diseases and Allergy-diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention.’