Sunday, 23 July 2017

Global Health Team visits Uganda Virus Research Institute

A global health team (Joint External Evaluation Team) visits Uganda Virus Research Institute to assess the institute’s capacity to respond to infectious diseases. The visit is part of activities to measure the country’s status and progress in building the necessary capacities to prevent, detect and respond to public health threats

The team led Peter Rzeszotarski from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), held a meeting with the Deputy Director of the Uganda Virus Research Institute Dr Julius Lutwama.

Dr Lutwama told the delegation that the institute has and continues to build capability in surveillance, testing and response to threats and outbreaks of infectious diseases.

The team visited the National HIV reference laboratory, Special pathogens laboratory, Arbovirology laboratory and the Expanded programme on immunization (EPI) laboratory.

The Joint External Evaluation (JEE) is a voluntary, collaborative process to assess a country’s capacity under the International Health Regulations (2005) to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to public health threats whether occurring naturally or due to deliberate or accidental events.

 

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