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