US Holds Capacity-building Workshop for Health Care Personnel in W’Africa

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To improve the requisite skills of healthcare personnel in West Africa to respond effectively to the outbreaks of infectious diseases in the region, the United States Consulate General will on June 23, 2016, conduct a capacity building workshop.

The capacity building workshop, which will take place at Best Western Hotel, 12 Allen Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos, will train the selected health care professionals from Nigeria, Liberia, and Ghana.

The statement from the USCG Lagos Information unit said the Nigerian Ministry of Defence/Walter Reed Programme Nigeria, in collaboration with the US Military HIV Research Programme/Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and the Joint West Africa Research Group will train the healthcare professionals.

The statement reads: “The US Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission, Maria Brewer, will deliver opening remarks and officially launch the commencement of the Joint West Africa Research Group in Nigeria.

“The Joint West Africa Research Group is a collaboration of more than 14 members that leverage existing research capacity and coordinate with host nation militaries and in-country partners for health security.

“This collaboration over the next five years will develop clinical and laboratory capacity, bio-surveillance, and response capabilities, and evaluate measures to stop a range of infectious diseases in Nigeria, Ghana, and Liberia.”