Mekelle University offered an Infectious Disease Management (IDM) training for 30 multidisciplinary faculty from public health, nursing, midwifery, pharmacy, health systems management and veterinary medicine. The training, conducted 19th-23rdFebruary 2018, equipped trainees with knowledge and skills in infectious diseases prevention, detection and response using the One Health approach. The training approach featured both practical and theoretical sessions. Faculty were trained in the theory of various concepts such as risk communication and management, leadership and management, systems thinking, the role of gender and culture in addressing infectious diseases. For practical understanding of these concepts, at each step, role plays were performed by the trainees and different case scenarios were provided to them to practice among themselves and presented to the plenary for discussion.
The training was delivered by five facilitators, including Dr. Berihun Afera, who was one of the ToTs trained in 2016. Other facilitators were; Dr. Netsanet Berhe from College of Veterinary Medicine who delivered the topic on risk communication, Mr. Yemane Gebremariam from College of Health Science who provided the training on leadership and management, Dr. Mache Tsadik from College of Health Sciences who covered the topic on the role of gender and culture in infectious diseases and Dr. Enquibaher Kassaye from College of Veterinary Medicine who delivered the training on systems thinking to address infectious diseases. These four facilitators were among the ToT participants of 2017.
A back-view of the participants during the training
IDM training participants pose for a group photo