The World Health Organization (WHO) is conducting a five-day orientation training to build the capacity of participants from priority countries through theoretical and practical training on two WHO supported tools for epidemiological surveillance and response activities, EWARS-in-a-box and Go.Data.
The participants in this include core surveillance, epidemiological and technical staff involved in incident management drawn from Ministries of Health in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, South Sudan and Uganda; WHO Health Emergencies programme in the African Region; WHO country offices of Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Sudan and Uganda; African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI). The training participants will be expected to assist in the rollout of similar training in the African region as well as utilize the skills and knowledge gained during emergencies.
In this training, participants are being oriented on the strategy, objectives, and functionality of the EWARS in-a-box tool, building their capacity to use the tool, including setting up, mobile data reporting, alert management, automated analysis, and bulletin production. In addition, the participants will be familiarized with the Go.Data software, build their skills in field data collection using Go.Data for data management, contact tracing and building transmission trees to visualize chains of transmission.