In a bid to improve the requisite skills of healthcare personnel in West Africa, 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, Ikeja, Lagos, will train the selected health care professionals from Nigeria, Liberia, and Ghana on effective response to epidemics in the region.
According to a statement from the USCG Lagos Information unit, 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 to effectively respond to outbreaks of infectious diseases in the region.
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 is expected to 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 over the next five years.