How can outbreaks of epidemics be detected at an early stage and prevented? What can countries like Germany in the Global North learn from successful projects in the Global South toward preparing for and combating epidemics?
As part of the World Health Summit 2021, Dr. Judith von Heusinger, Chair and responsible for medical-humanitarian funding of the Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung, led the EKFS-workshop on Epidemic preparedness beyond Covid-19 - What can be learned from countries with limited resources? Renowned participants from the field of development cooperation discussed successful partnership projects from OECD-DAC countries that show how epidemic outbreaks can be detected and prevented at an early stage.
A special highlight was the participation of this year's winner of the Else Kröner Fresenius Award for Medical Development Cooperation 2021, Malteser International with Dr. Jean-Paul Uvoyo Ulangi, Country Medical Coordinator DR Congo and Regional Health Advisor as well as Johannes Schildknecht, Program Manager Africa, who will be awarded for the project "Community communication as key for Preparedness, Prevention and Response - A comprehensive approach toward epidemics in the northeast of the DRC". The digital award ceremony took place on Oct. 28, 2021 at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in Berlin.
EKFS workshop participants:
Dr. Joost Butenop, expert consultant for asylum- and migration-based healthcare within public health service on the part of the government of Lower Franconia
Dr. Ilka Herbinger, program director for Central and West Africa at WWF, WWF Germany
Dr. Michael Katende, Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine/EAC East African Community Secretariat, Tanzania
Dr. Tochi Ochwor, Institute of Public Health, University of Nigeria, Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Prevention and Control Programme Co-ordinator at Nigeria Centre for Disease Control
Johannes Schildknecht, Program Manager Africa, Malteser International
You can watch the workshop here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giSOj26FB5U