By EA Trade Review Reporter
The World Bank has provided $50 million to four East African countries to strengthen access to a network of quality public health laboratories with revitalized disease surveillance, prevention and preparedness capabilities.
The bank which funding goes to Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda says the 2014 Ebola outbreak highlighted major gaps in disease prevention and control efforts in health systems across East Africa.
According to the bank, the money will build on the achievements of the ongoing East Africa Public Health Laboratory Networking Project (EAPHLIN) to establish a network of efficient public health laboratories for the diagnosis and surveillance of communicable diseases in the EAC member countries.
“The project provides a game changer opportunity to work together to contain the spread of diseases in East Africa,” said Fausta Mosha, Director of the National Health Laboratory Quality Assurance and Training Center in Tanzania.