Guinea ETP&SS Program Presents at USAID Forum on Resilience and Sustainable Development
During the exposition, Dr. Meba Kagone presents on APC's Ebola Transmission Prevention and Survivor Services program in Guinea to U.S. Ambassador Dennis Hankins, Christopher Runyan, Interim Administrator of USAID’s Africa Bureau, and Ms. Mama Kanny Diallo, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation. Photo: Youssouf Bah, USAID.
On May 14, 2018, USAID/Guinea, in collaboration with the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, hosted a forum on improving Guinea’s resilience through sustainable development. Government stakeholders and USAID implementing partners assembled at the Noom Hotel in Conakry to share lessons learned from projects spanning diverse areas of development, including community health, One Health, governance and accountability, and agriculture. Advancing Partners & Communities’ (APC) Ebola Transmission Prevention and Survivor Services (ETP&SS) program, implemented by JSI Research & Training Institute (JSI), was among the presenters. Guests at the forum included U.S. Ambassador to Guinea, Dennis Hankins, Ms. Mama Kanny Diallo, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, and Christopher Runyan, Interim Administrator of USAID’s Africa Bureau.
During the forum’s community health panel, the country director of APC’s ETP&SS program, Dr. Meba Kagoné, presented on the active ring surveillance (SA-Ceint) program to prevent the resurgence of the Ebola virus disease through early detection and rapid response in the event of a suspected case. Since June 2016, the project has assisted Guinea’s National Agency for Health Security to design and implement the community-based surveillance program through 60 sentinel sites in areas with at least five Ebola survivors. The panel was chaired by the USAID health team, Linda Mobula and Dr. Jennifer Mbabazi, and included representatives of RTI’s Stop Palu project and Jhpiego’s Health Service Delivery project. The community health panel adopted JSI’s recommendation to conduct a mapping exercise of partners to avoid duplication of project activities in the field and presented this action item in the overall forum.
APC and subgrantee International Medical Corps participated in the forum’s exposition of implementing partners. Dr. Mamadou Oury Diallo, president of Guinea’s national network of local associations of Ebola survivors (RENASEG), shared a poster highlighting APC and IMC’s work with RENASEG to develop leadership skills and organizational capacity for its 23 member associations. APC also shared photos of APC-supported health facility renovations and maps of the SA-Ceint sentinel site program.