The current status of Ebola outbreak as an international public health emergency in West Africa calls for more effective teamwork in which the Nigeria Biosecurity Engagement team is pivotal. CCPZ recognizes its increasing role and importance in the tracking of EVD cases along major zoonoses in West Africa. CCPZ's approach to surveillance and control intervention are available in recent publications of the centre, seehttp://ccpz.ui.edu.ng/publications.
In 2012, the CCPZ hosted an international conference at the University of Ibadan from 3rd to 7th of December, 2012 on Rabies in West Africa (RIWA) that drew experts from West Africa and beyond. A road map for rabies elimination in selected communities of the sub-region was developed. The second international conference by the CCPZ was scheduled for 30th June to 3 July, 2013 to feature presentations on other endemic, emerging and neglected zoonoses in West Africa. Selected papers were peer-reviewed for publication in an international journal.
In 2013, the CCPZ held its second international conference on "Improving Zoonoses Surveillance in West Africa: The One-Health Approach" from 30th of June to 3 July, 2013 at the University of Ibadan. The conference also attracted experts from Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe to form a network for promoting more effective and efficient control and prevention of endemic, emerging and neglected zoonoses in the sub-region of West Africa.
In 2014, CCPZ facilitated the successful hosting of the Nigerian Biosecurity Engagement Training Programme, 25 June – 2 July, 2014 in Ibadan, initiated, organized and conducted by the United States Centers for Control and Prevention of Diseases (CDC), sponsored by the US Department of States. The training enlisted some 120 participants carefully selected across Nigerian Public Health institutions, including the Federal Ministry of Health, Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Federal Livestocks Department, the National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI), Vom, academic institutions, including the University of Ibadan, the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Irrua Specialist Hospital (Institute for Lassa fever Research and Control), the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan and State Ministries of Health and Agriculture across the federation. The training was hosted by the Nigerian Institute of Science Laboratory Technology (NISLT), Ibadan, Nigeria.