Ethiopian JEE Validation’s 2nd Round is Concluded Successfully
The Ethiopian Joint External Evaluation (JEE) for Strengthening Health Security Capacity Validation Workshop is completed successfully today on September 22,2023.
Dr. Getachew Tollera, Deputy Director General of the Ethiopia Public Health Institute (EPHI), pointed out at the validation workshop’s closing ceremony that JEE is one of the international health regulation (IHR) monitoring and evaluation frameworks, and that countries participate voluntarily because it informs member states of critical health security capacity gaps so that they can plan and implement initiatives accordingly.
The Deputy Director General added that his organization is extremely delighted with the outcomes of the second round of JEE assessments and has committed to executing on the JEE findings, the top priorities put forth by the outside team, and the most important recommendations. Dr. Getachew continued by saying that the assessment informs us how important it is to improve our readiness for PHEICs (public health crises of international concern).
Dr. Mebratu Massebo, senior advisor to the Ministry of Health, said on his behalf that the evaluation process will help the country in the implementation action plan.
He stated to have seen advancements in each and every technical area, all of which require future reinforcement and enhancement. Dr. Mebratu reaffirmed that the Ministry of Health would keep up its support for the initiatives and continuously monitor them to ensure their progress.
Dr. Feyesa Regassa, IHR-National Focal Person and National One Health Steering Committee (NOHSC) Chairperson, said on his behalf that undertaking national health security capacity assessments and evaluations such as JEE is a critical step for national health security planning and implementation. As a consequence, Dr. Feyesa said that the country team has almost completed the second round of Ethiopia JEE 2023. The IHR-National Focal Person said that, in accordance with the WHO country JEE implementation guide, the Ethiopian team has gone through all the steps requested.
The audience will be presented with the technical area results and scores, the priority action, and the significant initiatives made thus far by Dr. Allen Mpairwe, the WHO external team lead. A representative from, the Ministry of Agriculture, WHO, CDC in Ethiopia, USAID in Ethiopia, and the UK health security agency all addressed at the conclusion of the validation workshop.