The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established an office in Guinea in 2015, during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, to help develop capacities to prevent, detect, and respond to public health threats. In collaboration with implementing partners, CDC continues to work with Guinea on strengthening the country’s laboratory, surveillance, workforce, and emergency management capacity to respond to disease outbreaks in support of the Global Health Security Agenda; and implement interventions for malaria prevention and control under the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative.
Guinea is dealing with a lot of diseases. It’s a country that very few people knew about until the Ebola outbreak. CDC started working mostly in four areas, epidemiology, surveillance, laboratory and emergency management. The biggest difference is with the field epidemiology training program to detect diseases and epidemics on the ground and respond to them very effectively. We brought capacity to develop an emergency operation center to respond to coordinate emergencies that is totally led now by the Ministry. The structures are built. The people are trained, but what has been acquired is very fragile. There’s daily costs to make sure that the program is sustainable so that when they will be hit with another emergency, they will be better prepared. They will be able to detect it quickly and respond to it quickly and save lives.