Cote d’Ivoire – Strengthening Public Health Emergency Management Capacity under GHSA

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Global Health Security-GHS
October 2017

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Cote d’Ivoire – Strengthening Public Health Emergency Management Capacity under GHSA

Cote d’Ivoire continues to strengthen its public health capacities under the Global Health Security Agenda, including important aspects of public health emergency management. In August 2017, CDC Public Health Emergency Management (PHEM) Fellowship graduates from Cote d’Ivoire collaborated with technical experts from the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response/Division of Emergency Operation (OPHPR/DEO) and the Center for Global Health (CGH) to facilitate a workshop and exercise addressing legal and operational aspects of Cote d’Ivoire’s national public health emergency operations center (PHEO).

The workshop focused on the role of the law as a public health tool, and provided a platform for multi-sectoral stakeholders to draft legal authorities to operationalize their national Public Health Emergency Operations Center (PHEOC). Drawing upon opportunities for strengthening capacities identified through the Joint External Evaluation (JEE), the final decree is intended to help increase compliance with various provisions in the International Health Regulations (IHR); specify PHEOC related authorities, roles, and responsibilities; and ensure activation of the PHEOC during an emergency.

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CDC also worked with the PHEM Fellowship graduates and colleagues from the National Public Health Institute (INHP) to carry out a discussion-based exercise focusing on a hypothetical yellow fever outbreak in-country. The exercise underscored the importance of a public health emergency management program and its role in facilitating quick decision-making and effective mobilization of resources. Through the exercise, Cote d’Ivoire demonstrated existing capacities and identified opportunities to strengthen their emergency management capacity by expanding workforce, systems, and infrastructure.

DEO and GHSA Public Health Law Project teams will continue to provide technical assistance to Cote d’Ivoire as they finalize the development of legal authorities, standard operating procedures, and other resources to enable efficient PHEOC operations to strengthen public health emergency management capacity in Cote d’Ivoire.

For more information, please contact: Emily Rosenfeld yhc5@cdc.gov or Chuck Menchion wom0@cdc.gov.