The Ethiopia Field Epidemiology Training Program (EFETP) participated in a training on the Virtual Emergency Operating System vEOC set up for the Horn of Africa Region. The training in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia was held from 3 - 6 December 2018. The First Round Training on vEOC was given for 21 participants at the Federal Ministry of Health as well as faculty of the Ethiopia FELTP. With technical and financial support from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, the training aimed to impart skills on the basic functions of the vEOC, such as:– how to send notifications, create and assign tasks, how to create a common operating pictures and to communicate in threads from their laptops or other mobile devices.
Each day’s uptake of knowledge and use of vEOC was built on the next with the final day participation in an exercise using a disease outbreak as a scenario using the vEOC as the central source to send and receive data, documentation, tasks, provide updates that can be used to transform relevant data and information into actionable knowledge.
The training consultants pledged to continue building the participants skills with follow on visits that will be made by the vEOC consultant.
The Ethiopia Public Health Institute, Deptuy Director, Dr Beyene Mogese, delivered certificates for 18 participants and delivered closing remarks emphasizing the need to use this approach in order to best utilize the data generated from the lowest health care levels