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Work Place Interventions in Ethiopian Public Health Association (EPHA) on COVID-19 Prevention

EPHA has performed the following activities in relation to COVID-19 prevention

  • Cancels a huge event of the association (31st annual conference)
  • Establishes taskforce on COVID-19
  • Posting updates on notice board
  • Sending updated information, links and articles through emails to members
  • Demonstrates proper handwashing and provide handwashing materials at the gate (encourages to wash hands frequently)
  • Posts different videos, news and articles about COVID-19 on EPHA Facebook page and website as well
  • Provides an orientation on COVID-19 to staffs
  • Distributes alcohol with hygienic absorbent cotton and glove
  • Posts banner and scrolling banner on the prevention of COVID-19 at the gate
  • Print and distributes leaflets on the prevention of COVID-19 to the public
  • Plans to print stickers for cars
  • Plans to arrange infection prevention training to staffs

It is believed that, other Governmental and Nongovernmental organizations will take a lesson from EPHA

EPHA would like to pass its deepest condolences on the passing of Dr. Catherine Hamlin.

It is to be recalled that, Hamlin Fistula Hospital has been received an Institutional Award of the Ethiopian Public Health Association (EPHA) in 2011.

EPHA Cancels its 31st Annual Scientific Conference and General Assembly due to COVID-19.

The Ethiopian Public Health Association (EPHA) 31st Annual Scientific Conference and General Assembly which had been scheduled to be conducted from 15 - 17 March 2020, has been canceled in response to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) prevention.


Dr. Mitkie Molla President of EPHA underlined that EPHA as a public health organization should take the leading part as a role model for others in prevention of any emerging health matters. Thus, EPHA has decided to postpone the conference due to COVID-19 prevention.

On her message, she has also advised that the community shall avoid unnecessary fear and anxiety rather giving significant attention for proper prevention is what the time needed.



Dr. Alemayehu Mekonnen Executive Director of EPHA, on his part, said, EPHA has been exhausted in organizing the 31st annual scientific conference, yet EPHA will never walk a single step against its mission and vision. At this particular time, the Association's concern is controlling and prevention of COVID-19.

“The time of the conference will be decided in the future and will circulate to all members and partners.” He added.

It is to be recalled that the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Ethiopia has announced on the 13th of March 2020.

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