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United States Provides New Support for Public Health Emergency Preparedness in the Volta Region

Pictured: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Director Dr. Tony Ao (center) commissions the Volta Regional Public Health Emergency Operations Center with partners from the Republic of Korea and Ghana

Accra, Ghana – The US government, through the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has commissioned the Volta Regional Public Health Emergency Operations Center (PHEOC) in Ho. It s This is the fourth such center opened in Ghana since 2021.

The operations center represents a collaboration between the governments of the United States, South Korea and Ghana. The $200,000 Volta Regional Public Health Emergency Operations Center is the fourth regional center commissioned in Ghana – three more centers have already opened in Kumasi, Sekondi and Tamale.

Representing the United States, CDC Country Director Dr. Tony Ao joined Volta Regional Minister Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa, Director General of Ghana Health Services Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye and Republic of Korea Ambassador to Ghana Lim Jung-taek for the commissioning of the Volta Regional Public Health Emergency Operations Center (PHEOC) in Ho on October 13.

“Public health emergency operations centers play a critical role in coordinating responses to public health threats, such as Marburg virus disease, COVID-19, poliomyelitis and monkeypox. These recent outbreaks underscore the need for a network of regional coordination centers to improve data sharing that guides decision-making, informs national policy and enables rapid response to emerging emergencies,” Dr Ao said.

A PHEOC serves as a central command center and brings together important stakeholders and experts for coordinated responses to public health events and threats, such as COVID-19, polio and Ebola. It provides real-time data analytics and visualizations that support evidence-based decision making. The regional PHEOCs are part of a sustainable approach to build a resilient and responsive public health infrastructure in Ghana and will be linked to the national PHEOC for mutual and rapid sharing of critical information on the pandemic and health emergencies.

These centers are a clear example of how a strong partnership can advance the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) through leadership from regional authorities and the Ghana Health Service and technical assistance from CDC with support from Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

The GHSA is a group of 70 countries (including Ghana, the Republic of Korea and the United States), international organizations, non-governmental organizations and private sector companies that have come together to realize the collective vision of a safe and secure world. global health threats posed by infectious diseases. Establishing a network of PHEOCs is one of the key strategies of the GHSA.

The CDC plays a leadership role in implementing the GHSA through its work to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats. The bilateral partnership between the United States and Ghana has grown stronger through the technical expertise and critical infrastructure that has enabled Ghana to respond quickly to outbreaks and save lives.

From vaccines and oxygen equipment to long-term investments in health infrastructure and coordinated health information, the United States government has been committed to Ghana’s public health systems for decades. This includes vital initiatives such as the GHSA, the US President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), and the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

For more information on US CDC support to Ghana, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/globalhealth/countries/ghana/default.htm

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About the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC is the leading science-based, data-driven service organization in the United States that protects public health. For more than 70 years, the CDC has used science to protect public health in the United States and around the world. CDC supports the Government of Ghana by providing technical assistance to build outbreak response capacity, laboratory system strengthening, public health emergency preparedness, and infectious disease surveillance.