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EAC Cross-border Simulation Exercises

The EAC region has experienced a number of outbreaks of infectious diseases in the past. These include Ebola, Rift Valley, Marburg and Crimean Congo Haemorrhagic fevers, Cholera, Polio, Hepatitis A and B and many more. Six out of ten are zoonoses, diseases which are transmitted between animals and humans. In order to prevent outbreaks that can jeopardize public health, economic stability and the lives and livelihoods of the EAC region, Partner States need to be prepared. Simulation exercises play a key role in analysing the state of pandemic preparedness and response capacities. They help to identify strengths and weaknesses and the necessary corrective actions.

Against this backdrop, the EAC Secretariat conducted a cross-border table top exercise (TTX)  from 4 - 5 September 2018. A cross-border field simulation exercise (FSX) will follow from 11 - 14 June 2019 at Namanga. The exercise will involve representatives from the EAC Partner States, especially from Kenya and Tanzania, and will follow the One Health approach. The simulation aims to assess both regional and national contingency plans and standard operating procedures, readiness and compliance with the International Health Regulations.

The simulations are facilitated by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Government through the “Support to Pandemic Preparedness in the EAC Region” (PanPrep) project. The World Health Organization (WHO) leads and coordinates the process. Further, international organisations cooperate in the exercises to use joint forces and utilize synergies. A task-based Steering Group (SG) oversees the preparations and an Exercise Management Group (EMG) designs, plans and implements the exercise.

This page provides core documents and other materials related to the cross border Table Top and the upcoming Field Simulation Exercise

Documents

Cross-border Field Simulation Exercise Documents 
           Reports

Regional and National Strategies and Plans
          EAC Standard Operating Procedures

Videomaterial

Table Top Simulation Exercise 2018 in Arusha, Tanzania:
Lessons for the Future – What East African experts learned from fighting Ebola in West Africa, International Conference in Nairobi, 2017:
 

 
 
 

Lessons for the Future – What East African experts learned from fighting Ebola in West Africa, International Conference in Nairobi, 2017:
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 

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