Public Health in Emergency Preparedness in Gambella


This project aims to reduce morbidity and mortality rates caused by public health emergencies in Ethiopia’s Gambella region. The project will create a system to share effective and timely health information to strengthen early warning and preparedness mechanisms and enable organisations to anticipate and respond to health emergencies.

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About the project


Public health emergencies in Ethiopia are often exacerbated by inadequate preparedness and contingency planning, leading to the increased morbidity and mortality of the population.

The influx of refugees from South Sudan to Ethiopia’s Gambella region, also means the mitigation of public health emergencies is more difficult for local authorities and organisations.

In addition, timely collection of information is poor (the Ethiopia Public Health Institute, EPHI, suggest effective reporting to be as low as 50%), which significantly compromises the ability of organisations to take prompt action to save lives.

Consultation with EPHI on the gap in public health emergency preparedness and response has identified Gambella region as a priority.

Aims

This project aims to reduce morbidity and mortality rates caused by public health emergencies in Ethiopia’s Gambella region.

The project will create a system to share effective and timely health information to strengthen early warning and preparedness mechanisms and enable organisations to anticipate and respond to health emergencies.

The project aims to;
1. Increase the number of health facilities that are able to cope with health emergencies
2. Improve the capacity of health staff to manage emergencies
3. Create functional health information systems, preparedness plans and coordination mechanisms during emergencies.

Outcomes

Patients in Gambella’s health facilities will be the primary beneficiaries of this project, benefitting from improvements such as better equipped laboratories. Capacity development initiatives will also support the work of more than 150 health institutions and more than 1125 health staff. Improved drug supply chains to local health facilities, better equipped facilities and improved mapping of community health issues will also mean prompt response to health emergencies.

This project recognises the importance of the role of women in public health emergencies. Women will comprise of at least fifty per cent of all trainees, all rapid response teams (RRT) and preparedness committees will target the inclusion of women, and the role of women leaders will also be encouraged.



Where is the project taking place?


Who is involved?


The project is delivered through a consortium led by Christian Aid; and including Amref Health Africa (AMREF), National Meteorology Agency (NMS) and the Federal Ministry of Health/ Gambella Region Health Bureau.

Funding


The 24 month project is funded with £500,000 from UK Aid, part of the Disaster and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP).

Find out more


Read the project one-pager
Christian Aid and DEPP in Ethiopia

Learning


To read more about the learning gained from the delivery of this project and other DEPP projects, please visit disasterpreparedness.ngo

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