Seychelles – The Seychelles Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), has organized the first Trainer’s Workshop on the Public Health Emergency Operations Center (PHEOC) from 2 to 14 May 2023 at the Savoy Resort Hotel, Seychelles. Hosted 3 African regional trainings. African Center for Disease Control (Africa CDC), United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC), West African Health Organization (WAHO), United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA), and Robert Koch Institute (RKI).
This PHEOCs Training of Trainers Workshop is the third in the African region, following workshops held in Ethiopia and Kenya in 2019 and 2021 respectively. It is unique in that it builds on his COVID-19 experience in the region and the countries of the Seychelles. 42 participants from 27 countries and regional organizations across Africa have participated in this training. The main objective is to prepare trained trainers to strengthen her PHEOC in their respective countries, including other training at the local level in the management of accidents and her PHEOC. Trained trainers are also expected to become part of the African regional pool of health emergency management professionals, as well as simulations to test systems/competencies and intra- and post-action reviews. It is also expected to lead the country conducting the exercise.
Health Minister Mrs Peggy Vidot held a workshop today at the Savoy Resort Hotel in the Seychelles. Participants of this conference are from Seychelles, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chad, Congo, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Kenya, Mali, Madagascar, Malawi Mauritania, Mauritius, Niger, Nigeria, Namibia, Rwanda and Senegal. is. , Seychelles, South Africa, Tunisia, Uganda, Zimbabwe. The Minister of Health asked participants to use the meeting to come up with concrete actions to further strengthen her EOC of public health. Most of them were established to help coordinate the response to COVID-19 and the health emergency that followed.
Countries in the African region continue to face a disproportionately high risk of public health emergencies from disease outbreaks, natural and man-made disasters. In addition to COVID-19, the region has had recent outbreaks of Ebola, cholera, Marburg and monkeypox. Natural disasters such as floods, cyclones and man-made disasters caused by armed conflicts, among others. All of this continues to underscore the need to maintain Public Health Emergency Operations Centers (PHEOCs) to serve as hubs for coordinating responses to public health emergencies. PHEOC brings together experts from multiple sectors and multiple disciplines to coordinate emergency management efforts in a structured manner using the Incident Management System (IMS). This improves collaboration, communication, and availability of real-time, high-quality information for evidence-based decision-making.
The Ministry of Health of the Seychelles is conducting this trainer training workshop in collaboration with World Health Organization national, regional and headquarters offices and key partners.