April 16/2021 /ENA/ The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched today additional 20 million USD Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) project in Ethiopia to Strengthen the country’s core public health capabilities, according to U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa.
The U.S. CDC has committed an additional 20 million USD to strengthen Ethiopia’s capabilities in disease surveillance, laboratory diagnostics, immunization, and emergency management through a partnership with the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI), regional health bureaus and other key partners.
These supports are funded through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act originally published on March 27, 2020, according to the embassy.
As a lead public health institute representing the Government of Ethiopia, the EPHI provides governance and strategic guidance for the execution of the CARES funding and related systems strengthening support including emergency operations, surveillance, workforce development, information systems, and laboratory support to the COVID 19 response.
CDC also provided support to National and Regional immunization programs to ensure continuity of routine immunizations during the COVID-19 and strengthening the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out.
The COVID-19 pandemic can be taken as an opportunity to strengthen core public health functions of disease surveillance and response, workforce development, and associated lab and information systems, the press release noted.
This project will strengthen and support disease surveillance, laboratory systems, the influenza-like illness (ILI) and severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) sentinel network, the Emergency Operations Centers network, Field Epidemiology Training Program, continuity of routine immunizations, the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, and infection prevention and control activities in Ethiopia.
The project emphasizes strengthening existing public health infrastructure in line with the Ethiopian Preparedness and Response Plan strategy of integrating COVID-19 into the health care system and decentralization of the COVID-19 response.
This funding builds on CDC’s long-standing global investments to control HIV, TB, and malaria, eradicate polio, and prepare for influenza and other pandemic diseases. CDC investments to improve health security in Ethiopia have laid foundations to rapidly and effectively prepare for emerging threats, including the current coronavirus outbreak, the release stated.
Source: Ethiopian News Agency