ACCRA, Ghana -- Representatives from 17 African partner nations marked the start of the West Africa Disaster Preparedness Initiative and the opening of a national emergency operations center in Accra, Ghana, July 13.
West Africa Preparedness Initiative
Led by regional organizations with support from the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) Operation United Assistance Transition Disaster Preparedness Project, the initiative is designed to build upon lessons learned during the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
The initiative will consist of training sessions and discussions on disaster preparedness and will build on the lessons learned during the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Dr. Barbara Sotirin, deputy director for programs with AFRICOM, said the initiative is part of the command’s efforts to “continue assisting African nations with disaster preparedness and response planning.”
Organizations leading the initiative include the Economic Community of West African States, the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, and the Republic of Ghana National Disaster Management Organization.
Participating nations include Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Chad, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.
Republic of Ghana National Emergency Operations Center
Officials from 15 West African nations, the U.S. and international organizations also marked the opening of the Republic of Ghana National Emergency Response Operations Center. Guardsmen with the North Dakota National Guard provided engineer support during construction as part of the U.S. Africa Command State Partnership Program.
The center provides Ghana with a national-level venue to coordinate the government’s response to emergencies.
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