Health, update

The International Association for Protection of Wars and Disasters Victims (Al-Ameen), in coordination with the Primary Healthcare Sector at the Ministry of Health in Yemen, is conducting a training course to combat the spread of cholera

As part of the efforts and support of the International Association for Protection of Wars and Disasters Victims – Al-Ameen (IRVD), under the patronage of the Minister of Health and Population, Dr. Qasim Bahibah, and in coordination with the Primary Healthcare Sector at the Ministry of Health, and with the implementation of the General Administration of Disease Control and Epidemiological Surveillance, a Training of Trainers (TOT) course was conducted in Epidemiological Surveillance, Early Warning for Epidemics, and Response to Waterborne Diseases/Cholera. This emergency response addressed the cholera outbreak in Aden and aimed at training health workers in the rapid response teams and diarrhea units, the training involved 42 trainees from the governorates of Al-Mahra, Taiz, Marib, Shabwa, Aden, and Hadramout, during the period of January 3-5, 2024.

The training course covered an introduction to surveillance, its objectives, roles, and importance, it also provided a general overview of waterborne diseases/cholera, the updated standard definition of acute watery diarrhea/suspected cholera, case classification according to the Ministry of Health’s updated guidelines, and an overview of the rapid response teams. Trainees gained insights into their roles and responsibilities, which included collective activities and simulated training in the epidemiological investigation process during an outbreak, additionally a discussion included the reporting mechanism, data entry into the electronic system, and a review of the epidemiological situation in the previous year for the targeted governorates and directorates whose members participated in the training.

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