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US-CDC-Ethiopia and EPHA partnership continues to have lasting Impact on the Public Health System of Ethiopia (1 November 2011, Addis Ababa).


In EPHA’s 22nd annual conference held at United Nations Conference Center US-CDC Representative Dawn Broussard affirmed that EPHA was among the first to establish a partnership with the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Dawn BroussardAccording to Dawn Broussard a cooperative agreement between the two organizations continues an overall goal of building local capacity for evidence-based decision making.

The partnership focuses on the generation of HIV/STI/TB related strategic information by members of EPHA, University Master and doctorate students, and health professionals, the representative remarked.

“The dissemination of information through various channels including the publications and the annual conference of EPHA, allows for sharing of best practices with in Ethiopia and the rest of the world,” she further added.

“EPHA has also been playing a leading role in establishing a partnership with Tulane University, FMoH and Jimma University that has resulted in the design and implementation of a master’s level training program in health monitoring and evaluation.”

Then there is the partnership with Addis Ababa University School of Public Health, FMoH, and EHNRI that established the field epidemiology and laboratory training program (FELTP), said the representative.

 

According to the CDC-Ethiopia representative, the FELTP students and graduates have already contributed to a number of investigations of public health significance.

 

“EPHA plays a great role in the establishing of partnership with Jimma University and Addis Ababa University,” said the representative, adding that established leadership for strategic information training that targets health program managers working for regional health bureaus and HAPCOs.

 

EPHA has also established a network of six local university-based demographic surveillance sites that are being used as source of strategic information.