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Epidemic control with EFFO

EFFO stands for Efficiency by Edification and is a training program. The contents and didactics of the program were developed by German, Burkinabè and Senegalese experts in 2014. The project had its origin in the urgent need for a response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa 2013–2016.

EFFO sees the clinical staff in a key position during outbreak control. Detecting an outbreak and preventing nosocomial infection requires the implementation of theoretical and practical knowledge by the clinical staff in their daily routine. This includes diagnostics, primary care, isolation, communication and initiating contact tracing.

EFFO is evaluated with knowledge tests and simulation exercises. The results are incorporated in the project’s concept and are part of the quality management.

Approximately 700 persons in the medical sector were trained until now. The two main target groups are trainers and staff of health facilities. The trainers improve their didactic skills with different techniques, including methods used in theatre pedagogy. Since 2017, EFFO has been cooperating with the Operndorf Afrika (opera village; an international art project) in Burkina Faso.

Date: 01.09.2018

Second EFFO trainer cohort in Rwanda

Second EFFO trainer cohort in Rwanda

At the request of the Rwandan partners, a second cohort of ten EFFO trainers was trained in November 2018. This was at the backdrop of the recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the neighbouring province of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), which has been ongoing since August 2018.

Training of EFFO trainers in Rwanda

Training of <abbr title="Efficiency by Edification">EFFO</abbr> trainers in Rwanda

As response to the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo in spring 2018, the EFFO project trained nine doctors and nurses in neighbouring Rwanda. The five day training covered personal protective equipment as well as learning and reflecting on the EFFO methodology.

More than 700 persons trained

More than 700 persons trained

EFFO trainers can access diverse teaching materials as well as didactically prepared documents for download on The concept for organizing the trainings is available in French, English and German.

Operndorf Afrika

Operndorf Afrika

EFFO works together with the Operndorf Afrika (Opera Village) in Burkina Faso. The aim is to further integrate methods used in theatre pedagogy in the training of trainers. The EFFO team and the team of the Operndorf piloted the cooperation during a fact finding mission in June 2017.

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