An Expertise France’s delegation visited Guinea from the 15th to the 17th of February to assess actions and prospects in terms of health crisis management in West Africa in the aftermath of the Ebola epidemic.
On the 16th of February 2016 in Conakry, Expertise France presented its activities to national and international partners. The meeting was attended by the European Union Ambassador, the French Ambassador and the Guinean Health and Public Hygiene Minister. The agency also presented the 10 projects conducted within the framework of the Ebola epidemic response, with a budget of 22 million euros, over 6 countries: Cameroon, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali and Senegal.
In this respect, on the 16th of February, the European Union and France delivered a number of vehicles (43 in total, including 9 trucks, 7 ambulances and 27 off-road vehicles) within the framework of a project aiming at supporting the establishment of 8 regional cross-functional teams of warning and response to epidemics (PREPARE) tasked with the early detection and rapid treatment of all disease with epidemic potential. Currently, this is the only rapid operational intervention mechanism in Guinea, alongside the Guinean civil protection units, supported by Expertise France.
With these vehicles, the beneficiaries will be able to come closer to the people, to make diagnostic assessments, and to provide quicker management of the most serious cases. Expertise France committed to monthly support and advisory missions for the regional teams, alongside the Guinean Ministry of Health.
Within the framework of the K-Plan mobile laboratories project, the agency donated 2 mobile laboratories as well as all inventories of remaining reagents and consumables to the Republic of Guinea. An official donation ceremony was hosted on the 17th of February 2016. 4 Guinean biologists and 1 laboratory technician received training on the use of K-Plan mobile laboratories and can be mobilized by the Guinean authorities to take over from the Expertise France teams. Between April 2015 and February 2016, over 5,000 samples were processed by 27 biologists and technicians.
The LAB-NET (network of laboratories for the surveillance of priority pathogen agents in Guinea) project was the subject of a restitution workshop on laboratories assessments on the 17th of February 2016, hosted at the Office of the Prime Minister, with the Prime Minister Mamadi Youla, the Health Minister Abdourahamane Diallo, the Minister of Higher Education and Research Yéro Baldé, and the French Ambassador in Guinea. Following the assessment of over 90 laboratories in Guinea, the Institut Pasteur and the Fondation Mérieux presented identified priority needs to initiate the development of a roadmap, inviting national and international partners to a required coordination and a strong collaboration during current and future actions.
The mission was also an opportunity to discuss with the Minister of Health all the work initiated within the framework of the TWIN 2H - Twinnings for Hygiene in Hospital - project and especially the reinforcement of hygiene committees and the need to establish and sustain a Guinean body of health professionals that are graduate, competent and operational in the field of hospital hygiene.
The Guinean Minister of Health and Public Hygiene thanked the French partners and the European Union for their efforts since the outbreak of the health crisis in March 2013.