The 15 countries in West Africa have created a new network on 26 May 2016. In a 2 day workshop the statutes were discussed, amended and agreed. The discussion was rich, open and honest. The countries worked in French, English and Portuguese with such an enthusiasm. The statutes for the creation and operation of WANIDS, or ROASMI in French, were agreed by senior experts from the countries’ National Coordination Institutes. A communique announcing this was drafted and agreed.