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EFFO stands for "Efficiency by Edification".

From 2021-2021 the construction of a high level isolation unit with an affiliated HCID training programme for medical staff is planned as the focus of activities.

The project team trains hospital staff (nurses and doctors) to become trainers and thus supports preparedness for Ebola fever outbreaks as well as other highly contagious and life-threatening diseases.

EFFO was developed by German, Burkinabe and Senegalese experts in 2014 in terms of content and didactics. This was prompted by the devastating Ebola epidemic in West Africa from 2013 to 2016. The Federal Ministry of Health is funding the project as part of its efforts to combat outbreaks in the Global South. Since 2016, the project has been an integral part of the "Global Health Protection Programme".


Initiators: Robert Koch Institute and Permanent Working Group of the Competence and Treatment Centres for Highly Contagious and Life-Threatening Diseases (STAKOB)

Duration: September 2014 - December 2020 / January 2016 - December 2020 (Global Health Protection Programme)

Project type: Research cooperation and development of preparedness capacities (resilience of health systems)

Client / Financing: Federal Ministry of Health (BMG)

Main target group: trainers and clinical staff of health care facilities

Training contents: Diagnostics, case detection, isolation, communication and initial contact tracing.

Training of trainers: Methodology and didactics, learning theory, formative evaluation

EFFO considers clinical personnel to be a key element in the fight against outbreaks. On the one hand, frontline health care workers are of central importance in case detection and outbreak containment; on the other hand, they are exposed to a particular risk of infection and require intensified training and further education in the handling of personal protective equipment and the management of patients with highly contagious diseases.

EFFO is evaluated with knowledge queries and simulation exercises. The results and feedback of the participants are systematically incorporated into the concept. They are part of the quality assurance and contribute continuously to the improvement and optimization of the training program. This way, contents can always be kept at the best possible level of knowledge and teaching methods can be adapted quickly and flexibly to the specific needs of the target group. Factors such as previous knowledge, motivation and interest to learn are taken into account, as well as culture-specific preferences with regard to the way knowledge is conveyed.

The trainers also use theatrical pedagogical means to convey information and continuously improve their didactic skills. EFFO has been working together with the Opera Village of Africa in Burkina Faso since 2017. In October 2019, EFFO is organising a workshop on Lassa fever together with the opera village of Africa and Nigerian experts.

Date: 20.09.2019

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