In joint collaboration with the National Zoonosis Control Program, the USAID-funded P&R project held a training workshop in Yaounde on April 20th, 2017 aimed at supporting the government of Cameroon in their efforts to establish Emergency Operation Centers (EOC). With a focus on One Health, the target ministries in attendance included the Animal Health ministry (MINEPIA) Human Health ministry (MINSANTE) and the Territorial Administration (MINATD).

The workshop highlighted the need to share information for more efficient response to public health events and the necessity to resolve leadership problems in the dissemination of information. P&R shared the importance of the collaboration between the health and animal EOCs for better prevention, detection and response to public health events using the practical example of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, H5H1 that broke out in Cameroon in 2016, alongside other examples.

Workshop participants learned about EOCs, their roles and responsibilities before, during and after an epidemic. The Ministry representatives also gained knowledge on the technical and institutional aspects that constitute the desired collaboration between the different operation centers. At the end of the workshop, several recommendations were made, including a call for the development of a legislative and regulatory framework for the establishment of EOCs. This training was a big step forward for the realization of the GHSA roadmap in Cameroon and P&R hopes to hold more of such workshops.

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