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Uganda Red Cross Society Hosts Epidemics Preparedness & Response In Communities Training

In an effort to enhance global Epidemic Preparedness and Response, Uganda Red Cross Society with support from the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC), hosted a five-day Training of Trainers (ToT) at Imperial Resort Hotel in Entebbe from 4th -8th March 2024.
The training gathered delegates from various National societies from including Uganda, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Indonesia, Tanzania, Palestine, Kyrgyzstan, Norwegian, Tanzania and Malawi to equip them with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to effectively empower their communities before and during epidemics.

Robert Kwesiga, the Secretary General Uganda Red Cross Society welcomed the selected participants to the country and applauded them for the great work they do in their National Societies. He advocated for the localization of epidemics preparedness and response initiatives supported with more funding to organizations and societies such as the Uganda Red cross since they are always at the forefront during emergencies.

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Robert Kwesiga Secretary General Uganda Red Cross Society addressing the participants

The Commissioner Integrated Epidemiology Surveillance & Public Health Emergencies at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Allan Muruta officiated the training and said, “I appreciate IFRC and Uganda Red Cross Society for organizing such informative trainings that are beneficial to us since as a country we are prone to epidemics.”

Participants were taught about various tools and approaches used within the Red Cross/ Red Crescent for the preparation and response to epidemics. They also underwent a training on becoming facilitators and trainers in Epidemics Preparedness and Response for their respective National Societies.
Through a combination of theoretical learning and practical exercises, the participants gained proficiency in areas such as Psychological First Aid (PFA) in Epidemics, Community Engagement & Accountability (CEA), Behavior Change Communication (BCC) among others. They also learnt how to conduct community assessments, develop tailored intervention strategies, and fostered partnerships with local stakeholders to enhance epidemic response capabilities. Throughout the training program, participants shared success stories and best practices from their own experiences.

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Participants during a group discussion at the TOT training

At the end of the training, the participants were awarded certificates and are now ready to embark on a new journey of action and advocacy in Epidemic Preparedness and Response back home in their countries, equipped with knowledge, skills and a shared commitment.