IANPHI Support for Cameroon Ebola Outbreak Training

Public Health Preparedness Training, Cameroon

August 19, 2014

Christy Craig

With more than 2000 cases now reported in four West African countries, the 2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak continues to challenge public health institutes throughout the region.

In August 2014, in response to this challenging outbreak, IANPHI approved a strategic investment to support Cameroon’s Department of Disease Control (DLM) through a “train-the-trainer” workshop for national-level staff, on response to and management of a potential Ebola outbreak.

The DLM, which has been designated by the Cameroon Ministry of Health as the focal point and “data central” for the country’s disease surveillance and outbreak response, has the leadership role in coordinating the work of the other relevant public health programs in Cameroon, including for Ebola outbreak preparedness.

Once trainers are available, IANPHI’s support will fund training for district-level health officers in each of Cameroon's ten regions.

Additionally, IANPHI’s funding is supporting development of and staff training for a DLM Emergency Operations and Data Center (EODC), and bolstering DLM’s overall outbreak response capacity.