Two NMIMR staff join Africa CDC Response Team

Mr. Jacob Arthur Quarm, a FELTP and Superintendent Technologist of the Department of Virology, and Mr. Charles Quaye, a Principal Research Assistant and Bio-Safety Officer of the Department of Parasitology, have been selected and trained as members of the Africa CDC Epidemic Response Team.

The purpose of Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) is to reduce sickness and death by improving prevention, detection, and response to public health threats. The AU Member States will be the direct beneficiaries of the Africa CDC.

The Africa CDC, with the limited number of staff, will find it challenging responding to every member state’s request for outbreak/epidemic response. The Africa CDC is therefore rather establishing a well-trained surge of staff that can be mobilized and deployed when it is needed. This team will consist of an integrated team of subject matter experts in areas of epidemiology, laboratory, logistics, communication, environmental health, animal health, and incident management systems.

The Epidemic Response Team (ERT) will serve as an immediate available workforce for emergency response that is meant to respond to all public health events as they occur and could be deployed at very short notice to affected countries.

The training for Africa CDC Epidemic Response Team (ERT) Cohort II was held at the Africa Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 14th to 18th May, 2018.

The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), set up in 1979 as a semi autonomous institute of the University, is the leading biomedical research facility in Ghana.

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