Workshop on Improving Disease Monitoring Capacities and Early Warning Systems in West African Countries
3rd – 6th October, 2017
Venue: Noguchi Conference Hall, NMIMR
The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and with funding from the Government of Japan has organized a four day workshop on improving disease monitoring capacities and early warning system in West African countries.
The workshop is part of a regional project: Supporting and Strengthening Sub-Regional Post-Ebola Medical Surveillance and Socio-Economic Recovery Initiatives in West Africa, which is designed to provide technical assistance and support at sub-regional, national and grassroots level to the three Ebola affected countries (Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone), and Côte d’Ivoire. It is intended to assist these countries to address urgent needs in the health, social and economic recovery, conflict prevention and peace building in common border areas. This initiative seeks to strengthen and assist border communities to better respond to disasters/epidemics.
The workshop is expected to result in improved abilities of five countries (Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone) to:
- rapidly identify diseases of public health importance and outbreak potential
- use GIS for enhanced disease surveillance especially at the border areas
- apply tools for disease risk assessment, vulnerability mapping and effective risk communication towards preparedness and outbreak control.
Seven delegates each from Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone for a total of 35 participants attended the workshop. There were also observers from the UNDP, West African Health Organisation (WAHO), Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (ACDC), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Ghana Health Service (GHS) and the Embassy of Japan.
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