The African Field Epidemiology Network organized a Medical Counter Measures Supply Chain Workshop for medical personnel who are key in dispensing vaccines, antiviral drugs, antibiotics, antitoxin, among others in support of treatment or prophylaxis (oral or vaccination). Medical Counter Measures and Personnel deployment is a package of the Global Health Security Agenda whose main objective is to improve access in an efficient and effective manner of medical and non-medical counter measures during health emergencies.
The workshop focused on establishment of flexible public Health Crisis supply chains so that Medical Counter Measures are at the right place on time to save lives.
In Uganda, the Global Health Security Initiative (GHSI) is implemented as a collaboration of the Uganda Ministry of Health (MOH) with World Health Organization (WHO), US Agency for International Development (USAID), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), US Department of Defense (DoD), US Embassy, Kampala and the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET).
The main goal of the GHSI is to build capacity in prevention, early detection and response to public health epidemics. The focus is on enhancements of laboratory capacity, information, and management systems to effectively prepare for, confirm, notify, and respond to public health events. This is in line with MOH efforts to enhance national capacity to comply with IDSR/IHR (2005).