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or2The Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) organized orientation and operational training on sentinel site surveillance for malaria in Ethiopia to put into practice the National Malaria Sentinel Site Surveillance Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), capacity building of sentinel sites, and coordination of surveillance and research. The training begun on December 31, 2018 and will be conducted until January 4, 2019 in Adama.
On the first day of the training introduction and objectives of the workshop, update on sentinel site surveillance for Malaria in Ethiopia and the MoU were presented.
Dr. Eyasu Tigabu A/Director of EPHI’s Bacterial, Parasitic and Zoonosis Research Directorate while delivering the workshop’s opening speech indicated that EPHI has been engaged in various coordination activities with the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) and other stakeholders to eliminate malaria from the country.
Researcher at EPHI and coordinator of the 25 malaria sentinel surveillance sites, Dr. Adugna Weyessa in his part said that the workshop is organized in collaboration with the FMoH and other partner organizations.
“The workshop will prevail to the regions what has been accomplished in the selected 25 malaria sentinel surveillance sites to control and eliminate Malaria. And also it will indicate what the challenges were and the way forward. On the workshop discussions will be made with the health workers, organizations working to eliminate malaria from Ethiopia, universities and partners on how to work together in a coordinated manner and the way forward, and finally capacity building training will be given for health workers working in the selected sites,” added Dr. Adugna.
The MoU is designed to bring together key partners of evidence generation and research synthesis for a common goal of achieving malaria elimination in the upcoming decades in Ethiopia.
More than 50 participants drawn from the academia, Malaria Partners, Research Institutes, National Malaria Control and Elimination Program of FMoH, Regional Health Bureaus and staffs from Sentinel Sites are participating on the workshop.