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U.S. Prepares Health Officers to Better Respond to Current and Emerging Health Treats

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US Embassy, Addis Ababa
May 2, 2019

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in partnership with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health launched the Growing Expertise in E-Health Knowledge and Skills (GEEKS) program to prepare public health workers to improve their ability to use data to inform their response to health threats.

More than 60 senior health officials attended the GEEKS training, representing the Federal Ministry of Health, Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI), Regional Health Bureaus, Health Informatics Systems (HIS) Partner Universities, and the Ministry of Innovations and Technology from April 18-21, 2019 in Bishoftu and Addis Ababa.

The GEEKS training builds on previous U.S. investments in the capacity of Ethiopian health officials to improve the quality of health data through standardized collection and reporting procedures. Graduates of the training have increased their ability to use quality data to make evidence-based decisions in the government’s approach to various health threats

The ability to accurately monitor and respond to emerging health hazards, as well as to ending existing epidemics such as HIV/ AIDS depends on a strong and well-functioning health information infrastructure as well as the capacity of health professionals to being able to collect, analyze, and use that information to make informed and timely decisions.

Director of the Health Information Technology Directorate at the Ethiopian Ministry of Health Eyob Kebede said, “We have been putting strong emphasis to this initiative because we strongly believe that this collaborative endeavor between CDC and the ministry of health will help to improve and sustainably maintain informatics capacity within the country’s health system”

Prior to the GEEKS training, CDC sponsored an inter-government learning exchange at their headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, where participants from the Ethiopian Ministry of Health and EPHI for immersive activities focused on developing sustainable national health programs.

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  1. Subject: Quote: “U.S. Prepares Health Officers to Better Respond to Current and Emerging Health Treats, US Embassy, Addis Ababa, May 2, 2019” Unquote

    Surprised commentary, 2 May 2019
    Let me repeat: I am only surprised — NOT criticizing [for the sake of criticizing] the U.S. never ending good will, in this case, to Ethiopia. I only have two points:

    1st. The acronym “GEEKS”
    In a place where I live “GEEK” is the name of a well known computer outlet and expanded maintenance service thereon. I am constant fixture needing for help. Anyway, I was quick to criticize until I realized the difference is in the alphabet “S”. የጅብ ችኩል፣ ቀንድ ይነክሳል, so goes the proper Amharic proverbial wisdom.

    2nd U.S Prepares Health Officers”
    On this one, I really scratched my head and lost a gray hair or two!!!
    Ethiopia is an ancient, enviable history studded, FREE Country, not only in Africa but around the Globe [with the exception of a five-year old colonial occupation]. Now, a sincere question arises after reading the news item about the good old USA preparing, in Addis Ababa: QOUTE:”60 senior health officials representing the Federal Ministry of Health, Ethiopian Public Health Institute” UNQUOTE!!!
    Sincere Question: Can’t the Ethiopia Ministry of Health do the job in its specific field of responsibility? After all, in general, modern education system in Ethiopia is one-hundred-and fourteen (114) years old. I stand to be corrected. I am missing something.

  2. Ethiopia is about to manufacture armored bullet proof vehicles by puting the safety of the nation as the first priority.
    Safety means less work load on the public health Care system of Ethiopia.


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