Tanzania is among the priority countries benefiting from the implementation of the World Health Organization’s emergency preparedness and response projects which aim to promote multi-sector convergence of resources and skills for rapid and effective response. effective in a disaster.
Called Flagship Emergency Preparedness and Response Projects, the initiative aims to ensure health security in the African region; builds on existing infrastructure to establish a well-organized partner support system that augments national capacity where needed, integrating lessons learned from COVID-19, Ebola and other health emergencies .
Initially implemented in selected countries, the projects will be scaled up regionally over the next five years. To initiate the projects in Tanzania, WHO Tanzania received eight vehicles which will be positioned within the multi-sectoral coordination mechanism of the Ministry of Health after the capacity building activities under the leadership of the regional ERP group.
The implementation of these projects takes into account that emergency preparedness and response is a multi-sectoral undertaking, therefore preparedness efforts must also reflect this reality.
The three flagship projects are named: Promoting Resilience of Systems in Emergencies (PROSE) Flagship Project, Transforming African Surveillance Systems (TASS) Flagship Project and Strengthening and Utilizing Emergency Response Groups. emergency (SURGE).
The objective of these projects is to develop national teams of highly skilled, resourced and well-coordinated professionals capable of arriving at the scene of a disaster or epidemic in the shortest possible time (within 72 hours ) and coordinate a rapid response to minimize their effects.
The WHO Regional Office for Africa (AFRO) ERP Group works with national governments in the African Region to strengthen their capacity to prevent, prepare for, detect and respond to health emergencies. Flagship programs will integrate and strengthen existing human resources for emergency response. Most countries on the continent have Public Health Emergency Operations Centers (PHEOCs), Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) and Emergency Medical Teams (EMTs) run by national governments.
“This is an opportunity for Tanzania to further build its capacity in emergency preparedness, early detection and response. Resources, including vehicles that have already arrived, will be positioned with the government. The aim is to foster government leadership, with the support of WHO and the collaboration of a wide range of partners,” said Dr Zabulon Yoti, Acting WHO Representative in Tanzania.
The Head of Emergency Preparedness and Response at WHO Tanzania, Dr Grace Saguti, said the arrival of the 8 vehicles was an assurance that Tanzania will participate in the implementation of the flagship project. .
“In the coming months, we will deploy training based on the capacities available in the areas of coordination, surveillance, risk communication, but above all for this approach, we adopt a multi-sector perspective because the disasters do not exclusively affect health,” said Dr Yoti.
For more information or to request interviews, please contact: Dr Grace Saguti Tel. : +255 754 287 875 Email: [email protected]