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Inauguration of AFENET Corps of Disease Detectives (ACoDD) in the Horn of Africa Region

The African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) officially inaugurated the AFENET Corps of Disease Detectives (ACODD) for the Horn of Africa Region.

The inauguration of ACoDD at the Horn of Africa is an Initiative to strengthen public health emergency response in Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan. The purpose of ACoDD is to create multi-disciplinary, One Health Outbreak and Public Health Emergency Rapid Response Teams.

ACoDD teams provide prompt and effective response such as case detection, contact tracing and referral, surveillance, community IEC, IPC to reduce morbidity and mortality. The teams will conduct field investigation and epidemiological studies as well to provide evidence for public health decisions. They enhance local capacity for disease prevention, detection and response including surveillance, research, Joint External Evaluation (JEE) and CAPs.

Dr Chima Ohuabunwo – AFENET Executive Director inaugurated a team of 24 ACoDD members comprising of graduates from the Ethiopia FELTP. One behalf of the Federal Ministry of Health, Ethiopia, Dr Getachew Tollera welcomed the ACoDD initiative thanking AFENET for the support given the Ethiopia FETP since establishment on 2009. He acknowledged that Ethiopia is not only the largest FETP but the first to be inaugurated into ACoDD.

ACoDD is a civil voluntary service of culturally competent professional field epidemiologists based on the one health approach. The aim is to ensure maximum and efficient utilization of the well trained workforce from frontline, intermediate, and the two-year FETPs in the response to disease outbreaks and other public health emergencies.

The Inaguration was graced by; Dr Ed Maes - Global Immunization Division (CDC), Dr David Sugarman – CDC Resident Advisor Ethiopia FETP, Dr Julie Haris – Scientific Communication CDC, and Colleges representing Sudan and Somali land: Dr Hader Mousa and Dr ahmed wahabellha