Pandemic prevention in the ECOWAS region
The GIZ-funded program is implemented in countries of the ECOWAS region, with priority given to those most severely affected by the Ebola epidemic: Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. At the regional level, the program has been created to advise the West African Health Organisation (WAHO) and the Regional Centre for Surveillance and Disease Control (RCSDC) to provide support to their member states on implementing the International Health Regulations (IHR) that were established by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2005.
The GIZ program comprises three fields of activities relating to the three outputs:
1. Improving gender-sensitive health risk communication in the ECOWAS region
2. Strengthening inter-institutional communication and coordination between the ECOWAS Commission and its institutions and specialist agencies on health issues
3. Strengthening human resources by assisting the ECOWAS member states to better perform their tasks in disease control with the help of personnel from regional organisations.