The EAC Secretariat and the EAC Partner States have declared the fight against infectious diseases a health priority for the region. The “Support to Pandemic Preparedness in the EAC Region” (PanPrep) project, being implemented by EAC-GIZ on behalf of the German Government, assists the EAC Secretariat to improve the regional preparedness and response capacity. It contributes to putting the EAC regional contingency plan into practice and to implementing the regional risk and crisis communication strategy.
From the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa in 2014-2016, the international community learned that preventing and tackling epidemic causes requires close cooperation among various sectors and professions. This is why the project also advises the Secretariat on the sustainable integration of ‘One Health’. This approach involves professional disciplines and sectors of society that play an important role in preventing and responding to outbreaks of infectious diseases and in mitigating their impact. Sectors involved include, but are not limited to human and animal health, environment and climate, agriculture and wildlife, trade, tourism and defence, communities and the media.
The project offers technical expertise and builds capacity with the overall aim of strengthening EAC in its coordinating and advisory role for the Partner States in pandemic preparedness. It is practice-oriented and pursues a participative approach. The project contributes to a uniform, effective, responsible and balanced approach to pandemic preparedness at the regional and national government level.
PanPrep is commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.