From July 8–11, 2024, the Ghana Health Service (GHS), with funding from The Global Fund, hosted a Trainer of Trainers (ToT) workshop on Event-Based Surveillance (EBS) in Accra. This crucial workshop brought together dedicated personnel from national and regional levels to equip them with the essential knowledge and facilitation skills required to drive EBS implementation throughout the regions and train district-level staff.

Six regions—Northern, North East, Savannah, Upper East, Upper West, and Oti—were represented, along with personnel from the Disease Surveillance Department (DSD), Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI), Public Relations Unit (PRU), Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH), Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH), and the National Public Health Reference Laboratory (NPHRL). The training also incorporated a One Health approach, involving officers from the Veterinary Service Department (VSD) and Environmental Health Officers (EHO) from the mentioned regions.

Dr. Franklin Asiedu-Bekoe, Director of the Public Health Division, expressed his gratitude to the team for their dedication to this extensive training. He emphasized the critical role of EBS in strengthening Ghana’s public health monitoring and urged regional teams to embrace the principles taught with an open mind. Dr. Asiedu-Bekoe highlighted that successful district-level training would ensure the effective implementation of EBS.

The inaugural round of ToT was hosted in Elmina and included teams from five regions. The final ToT session is scheduled to take place in Kumasi during the second week of July, with participants from Ahafo, Ashanti, Bono, Bono East, and Western North regions expected to attend.

Source: Public Relations Unit, GHS