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National Public Health Emergency Management (PHEM) of the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) has continued to provide the training on epidemiological approach for malaria control to PHEM officers at regional, zonal and woreda levels.
“In every phase of the malaria program (control, pre-elimination, elimination and eradication) malaria surveillance and capacity to detect, report and mitigate to the malaria outbreak is the corner stone for achievement of the preset objectives in each respective phase. Hence, in order to have basic epidemiological skills in each and every malaria prevention and control intervention areas with special emphasis on malaria surveillance and outbreak response, like that of other regions, in SNNP region the training was provided to capacitate 80 PHEM officers working at woreda and zonal level of Hadiya, Halaba, Wolayita, Segen, Kembata Tembaro, Dawuro Zones, Konta and Yem Special woredas and Hawassa Town Administration”, Yohannes Dugasa, coordinator of the training said.
The training included adult learning approach, group and individual exercises, demonstration using malaria secondary data obtained from national PHEM data base and experience sharing on how one woreda/ zone was practicing surveillance and response to malaria outbreak.
The pre and post test was used to evaluate the effectiveness of the training. Upon the general discussion the participants has evidenced that the training is pivotal and it must be one of the activities that should be perpetuated to strengthen the operational capabilities of the PHEM officers at all levels.