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EFFO supports its partners in the fight against the COVID 19 pandemic

Since the beginning of the pandemic, EFFO has been in continuous exchange on COVID-19 with its project partners; thus activities in this field could be realised very early. In addition, technical questions concerning COVID-19 are regularly discussed with colleagues in Rwanda and Burkina Faso.

Webinars on clinical management of COVID-19 in intensive care unit (ICU) settings in Rwanda are being realized in collaboration with the Rwanda Biomedical Centre and Charité - Universitaetsmedizin Berlin. IT equipment including laptops and computers has been donated to the project partners in Rwanda.

EFFO has been working with the Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) in a trustful partnership since 2018. All EFFO training courses always focus on infection prevention and control (IPC) as well as basic hygiene. The skilled EFFO trainers are now applying their knowledge and experience from previous training courses on Ebola virus disease to the context of COVID-19. RBC and EFFO are now working to expand their cooperation beyond Ebola virus disease and COVID-19 in order to strengthen resilience for future outbreaks in the long term.

Date: 01.06.2021

Visit of the Rwandan Minister of Health Dr Daniel NGAMIJE to the RKI and Charité Universitätsmedizin

Visit of the Rwandan Minister of Health Dr Daniel NGAMIJE to the RKI and Charité Universitätsmedizin

Meeting with Health Minister Dr Daniel Ngamije and Head of the Rwanda Biomedical Center Dr Sabin Nsanzimana at the Robert Koch Institute and Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin on 26.08.2021.

Meeting of EFFO project representatives with the Rwandan Minister of Health Dr. Daniel NGAMIJE

Meeting of EFFO project representatives with the Rwandan Minister of Health Dr. Daniel NGAMIJE

Meeting of EFFO project representatives with the Rwandan Minister of Health Dr Daniel NGAMIJE

Units for temporary isolation (UFTI)

Units for temporary isolation (UFTI)

Since 2019, the focus has also been on improving and expanding infrastructural capacities for isolating HCID (High Consequence Infectious Diseases) patients in Rwanda. These activities were classified as critical infrastructure in the context of COVID-19 by Rwandan health authorities.

EFFO Activities in Rwanda

EFFO Activities in Rwanda

To train staff from hospitals and health posts in dealing with suspected Ebola fever cases, two simulation exercises in hospitals (August 2018 and February 2019) and a refresher course for the first trainer cohort (June 2019) were carried out.

Hospital waste – a long-term challenge

Hospital waste – a long-term challenge

In case of highly contagious diseases (e.g. Ebola virus disease), inadequate handling of hospital waste represents an additional but avoidable risk of infection. In order to ensure the safe disposal of large quantities of waste (e.g. used Personal Protective Equipment), EFFO has implemented and repeatedly evaluated the following measures to improve infection control on a sustainable basis:

More than 700 persons trained in West Africa

More than 700 persons trained  in West Africa

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

EFFO partnersEFFO partners: Permanent Working Group of Competence and Treatment Centres for high consequence infectious diseases, OCADES Burkina, Charité, TU Braunschweig, RBC, ANPSCS, Operndorf Afrika, MIW.

Date: 01.06.2021

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