Representatives of various organisations are banging heads to find ways of having a combined response when it comes to anticipated public health disasters such as cholera at a three-day workshop at Lilongwe’s Sunbird Capital Hotel.
Speaking on the sidelines of the workshop, deputy director for Preventive Health Services in Epidemiology Matthew Kagoli said the meeting is aimed at increasing coordination and collaboration in terms of public health preparedness to emergencies and response.
“This is why we have brought in a lot of partners to ensure that we work together in a well-coordinated way because in a disaster setting coordination can be an issue,” he said.
Andrew Auld from the United States Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said the US Government is keen to help Malawi preparing for public health disasters by responding to them in a timely manner in order to protect Malawians from a variety of health threats.
The workshop has attracted representatives from various agencies, including Lilongwe Water Board, the Ministry of Health and population, the United States Embassy and the Malawi Defence Force.