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EAC officials visit sanitation project sites

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 4th October 2021: East African Community officials led by the Deputy Secretary General Productive and Social Sectors, Hon. Christophe Bazivamo, have started an inspection tour of sites where the EAC in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is implementing a project on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

The project that aims at strengthening the capacity of Partner States to prevent and address infectious diseases in the region is expected to reach more than 1 million people with health and hygiene promotion initiatives. Around 19 handwashing facilities will be installed at selected sites by the time the project is completed in January 2022.

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EAC and IOM join hands to tackle infectious diseases

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 26th August 2021: Extensive land borders, along with previous disease outbreaks, make the six-member East African Community (EAC) susceptible to communicable infections, including cholera, measles, rift valley fever, yellow fever, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever and e.coli infections.

However, thanks to a financial contribution of EUR 1.5 million from the German government, over one million people will be reached with health and hygiene promotion initiatives, in addition to 19 hand-washing facilities due to be installed in hot spot areas.

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EAC Secretariat contributes to establishing a One Health workforce in the region

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 15 December 2020: Outbreaks of infectious diseases are not only a health concern but affect many sectors. In the case of the current COVID-19 pandemic education, tourism and trade were among those that were hardest hit. The EAC Secretariat addresses this issue by applying the One Health approach in disease management. The approach involves all areas of society that would be affected by a disease outbreak, can contribute to preventing and combating it and to mitigating its impact. “In an effort to establish and train an urgently needed, strong One Health workforce, the EAC Secretariat with support from universities in all EAC Partner States and from the German Government developed a regional, generic, interdisciplinary postgraduate course on “Pandemic Preparedness with a One Health Approach (PPOH)”, explains the Hon. Christophe Bazivamo, Deputy Secretary General Productive and Social Sectors. “The curriculum will enable these experts to consider the needs of various stakeholders stronger, when mitigating the impact of disease outbreaks like COVID-19”.

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