Koica and WHO Sign Agreement to Unite Efforts to Support Ebola Preparedness in Ethiopia

by Zelalem

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Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the World Health Organization Country Office for Ethiopia (WCO) signed on Monday (December 29) an agreement to unite their efforts to augment Ebola virus disease (EDV) preparedness in Ethiopia. KOICA’s support will help WHO enhance the capacity of the Ethiopian health system as per the country’s EVD outbreak preparedness plan.

The cooperative agreement between KOICA and WHO will expedite efforts to provide adequate training to Ethiopian health workers on EVD case management, surveillance and infection prevention precautions to timely detect, monitor and respond to an Ebola. According to this cooperative agreement, six hundred health workers will be trained and close to 400 Personal Protective Equipment will be supplied to medics. It is also stated that support to strengthen coordination and the sub-national EVD outbreak preparedness assessment will be carried out as part of the project.

Dr Pierre M’Pele-Kilebou, WHO Representative to Ethiopia, said, “This support comes at a crucial time as we face the most important health challenge of 2014 and possibly also 2015.” Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health in close association with partners is undertaking its EVD outbreak preparedness plan under the national EVD technical working group headed by the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI).

The Ministry in collaboration with regional authorities is carrying out EVD outbreak preparedness activities, including screening of incoming passengers at international airports and other international points of entry, setting up of an isolation unit, pre-positioning of Ebola PPE, preparation of relevant guidelines and protocols, orientation of health workers, raising of public awareness, and the establishment of an emergency hot line, coordination forums and isolation centers.

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