Team Europe companions with WHO in strengthening epidemic preparedness and response to COVID-19 in Botswana

The World Health Group (WHO) nation space of job in collaboration with the European Union Delegation in Botswana and the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MoHW) formally launched the 13,6 million BWP challenge “Strengthening epidemic preparedness and response to COVID-19 to slice extra morbidity and mortality attributable to COVID-19 and diversified epidemic-inclined diseases in the high-probability population in Botswana”. The initiative is funded by the European Union Civil Security and Humanitarian Attend Operations (ECHO). 

Staunch thru the tournament that modified into as soon as held in Gaborone on 25 March 2021, COVID-19 case administration equipment and affords rate about 1,45 million BWP were handed over. Here’s directed to make contributions to the MoHW COVID-19 surge response thought. The ceremony modified into as soon as graced by the presence of the Honourable Minister of Health and Wellness Dr. Edwin Dikoloti, His Excellency Ambassador Jan Sadek representing Team Europe, the WHO Country Representative in Botswana, Dr. Josephine Namboze, heads of diplomatic missions, UN agencies, and diversified construction companions.

The epidemic preparedness and response skill to COVID-19 are enhanced by the present of technical aid to MoHW in any respect ranges of the successfully being diagram. This has been and remains to be executed thru a exact coordination and management mechanism for emergency preparedness and response. Speaking at the launch, Minister Dr. Edwin. Dikoloti indicated that the pork up from the 2 companions has covered the breadth of the successfully being diagram and serious about some lifestyles-changing areas similar to the skill to envision for COVID-19 in-nation. “This has been a game-changer and stays one of the important thing success elements for the national response,” said the Minister.

“This pandemic will forever be remembered. It has shown the vulnerability of your complete world to public successfully being threats of global area and has reminded us of the need for successfully being security as a concerted effort of governments and companions”, said the WHO Country Representative, Dr. Josephine Namboze. She extra emphasised that the challenge affords technical aid thru refresher coaching with a degree of interest on surveillance; improved knowledge administration; logistics to realize some distance-off successfully being facilities; provision of lifestyles-saving scientific affords and commodities, checking out kits for strengthening laboratory for early detection and outbreak investigations.  

On his part, Ambassador Jan Sadek announced that “the European Union is a staunch supporter of multilateralism and a gradual partner to the United International locations, therefore he’s cosy to have joined palms with the WHO space of job in Botswana to pork up the Ministry of Health and Wellness’s surveillance and response skill in these severe instances”. His Excellency extra added that this commitment is a part of the next EU humanitarian equipment of objective about 900 million BWP financed by the humanitarian space of job ECHO for countries in southern Africa to befriend pork up other folks impacted by COVID-19, drought, and diversified humanitarian crises that persist in the blueprint.

In the leisure months till the completion of the challenge extra workshops may be performed to coach laboratory successfully being team of workers on sentinel surveillance for Influenza-love Ailments/Excessive Acute (ILI/SA) and roll-out the implementation of surveillance for Influenza. Looking forward, actions comprise plans to enhance nation preparedness and response constructions thru the institution of the National Emergency Operations Centre (EOC). The ECHO funding is providing a hopeful outlook for Botswana’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic that has devastated many countries the sector over.   

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