|Reporting Organization:||UNDP - United Nations Development Programme|
|Total Budget ($CAD):||$ 3,000,000|
|Timeframe:||March 16, 2015 - July 19, 2016|
|Ghana - $ 3,000,000.00 (100.00%)|
|Infectious & Communicable Diseases (100 %)|
This project aims to support the United Nations Country Team in Ghana to accelerate and strengthen government preparedness for early detection and containment of Ebola Virus Disease and prevent further spreading of the disease. Activities include: (1) procuring and installing 14 infrared thermography units; (2) training 150 government officials and 375 community based surveillance volunteers at 15 entry/exit sites; (3) training health workers at regional and district levels for surveillance, case investigation and reporting, early detection, contact tracing, data and information analysis, management and dissemination; (4) training immigration officers on and equip them for prevention and effective management of suspected cases; (5) supporting civil society and community-based organisations and primary health care worker groups to train members and community influencers/leaders and provide them with logistics to address stigma associated with Ebola Virus Disease; (6) installing hotlines (SMS, hotline operators, interactive voice response) for the general public and key groups (educators, learners, young people, health workers, social mobilisers, community leaders, traditional and religious leaders); (7) providing information, education and communication material to 15 entry/exit sites; and (8) providing tools (protocols, manuals and guidelines) on case management and infection prevention and control, considering the needs of vulnerable groups (women and children).
|Gender and age:||Unspecified|
|Total Direct Population:||Unspecified|
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The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (1) improved coordination of preparedness and response activities; (2) enhanced capacity for active surveillance, early investigation, detection, diagnosis and contact tracing; (3) effective case management, infection prevention and control; (4) infection containment at the source; (5) limited spread of an eventual Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in Ghana; and (6) low case fatality rate due to Ebola Virus Disease.
Results achieved as of the end of the project (March 2016): (i) 271 health personnel were trained in data management, ubasic field epidemiology, Ebola Virus Disease case management, and safe and dignified burial; (ii) 398 border officials were trained to screen and identify suspected Ebola Virus Disease cases, while 53 journalists received training on effective reporting on Ebola Virus Disease (17% of which were women); (iii) a training manual on Ebola Virus Disease prevention and preparedness was developed and distributed to pregnant women, and young people including adolescents in seven regions of Ghana; (iv) 6,567 community leaders improved their knowledge of Ebola Virus Disease prevention to help them raise awareness in their communities; (v) two simulation exercises took place to test the preparedness level of health care respondents as well as the coordination mechanisms in place; (vi) Banners with Ebola Virus Disease messaging were printed and distributed to 210 district hospitals across the country; (vii) 16,000 pamphlets and 1500 training of trainers manuals were produced and distributed to civil society organizations for community education; (viii) Ebola Virus Disease prevention messages through an SMS platform, as well as print and electronic media reached approximately 150,000 youth and 372,425 students (approximately 57 percent of the total population of Senior High School).
As a result of this project, the United Nations Country Team in Ghana was able to strengthen the Government of Ghana’s preparedness for early detection and containment of Ebola Virus Disease and prevent further spreading of the disease.