WHO, CDC and Ministry of Health trained 70 emergency responders to improve health emergency management in Uganda – Uganda

The Department of Health, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have trained more than 70 emergency responders, including managers, national trainers and rapid response teams, rapid deployment and operational response to public emergencies. health emergencies at the Nile Village Hotel in Jinja.

Funded financially by the French Ministry of Health through the WHO, the two-week training, which began on July 12, 2022, is part of the WHO initiative known as Rapid Response Teams Training Implementation Package (RRT TIP). The ultimate goal of this RRT TIP pilot project was to provide the country with the resources, guidance and support needed to implement a sustainable plan to build the capacity of Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) to respond effectively to all national and national public health epidemics. subnational levels.

“The establishment of trained Rapid Response Teams (RRTs), readily available for emergency deployment and response, is critical to addressing the country’s public health and emergency challenges. We appreciate this timely and essential support from WHO and CDC in building the capacity of our teams.” –Dr Jane Ruth Aceng Ocero, Ugandan Minister of Health.

“COVID-19 has highlighted the need for skills transfer at national and sub-national levels. Trained National Trainers (ToTs) will be able to lead and use their knowledge to build the capacity of Rapid Response Teams at national and sub-national levels to respond effectively and efficiently to public health emergencies. » Dr Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam, WHO Representative in Uganda.

“Additionally, with advanced emergency responder training, recipients will be able to respond appropriately to public health emergencies at all times.” pointed out Dr. Yonas.

“Uganda faces a multitude of infectious disease outbreaks across the country every year. Capacity building of multidisciplinary teams at all levels is essential for an effective and efficient immediate response to avoid devastating effects. The CDC will continue to partner with the Department of Health and the World Health Organization to ensure sustainable training plans are in place and surge teams are trained for rapid response teams. –Dr. Amy Boore, Program Director, Global Health Project Division, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Uganda, US Mission to Uganda.

Uganda is the first country among WHO Member States to implement the Rapid Response Team training module. All RRT TIP learning resources are developed from a global standard perspective by WHO and are intended to be adopted by Member States in the national context to meet their specific needs.

“On August 17-18, Uganda will adopt these learning materials to suit sub-national rapid response teams for future in-country training.” – Dr Moses Ebong, Senior Medical Officer, Department of Integrated Epidemiology, Division of Surveillance and Public Health Emergencies, Ministry of Health.

The RRT TIP audience is segmented into two categories. The primary target audience is comprised of entities that play a crucial role in supporting ongoing training and local capacity development in areas related to health emergency preparedness and preparedness, including relevant departments of the Ministry of Health, the emergency operations center, the incident management system, the national public health system institutes, local academic institutions, non-governmental organizations and partners.

The secondary audience of the RRT TIP are national, regional and district professionals (within and outside the health sector) who are likely to be deployed as managers, trainers and/or team members. fast intervention.

For more information or to request interviews, please contact:
Elise Tcheutchoua Yonkeu
Communications Officer
WHO Uganda
Email: [email protected]

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