One Health partners with support from USAID-STOP Spillover conduct successful tabletop simulation exercise in Sierra Leone
The One Health partners with support from USAID-STOP Spillover conducted a table-top simulation exercise to test zoonotic disease outbreak preparedness and response systems at the community level in Kenema District. The purpose of the simulation exercise was to test interface-level preparedness and response systems/structures in the event of a Lassa fever outbreak and strengthen community capacity at the interface level. A tabletop simulation exercise, though less intense than a full-scale simulation, provides an opportunity to assess community readiness, structure functionality, and staff ability to respond to an epidemic.
During the three-day exercise, One Health partners (the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF), the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS), and the Ministry of Environment (MoE) and Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and STOP Spillover Sierra Leone, tested and trained community level personnel to respond to a Lassa fever epidemic. The team identified strengths and gaps in the outbreak management system at the community level and offered recommendations, assessed collaboration between various stakeholders for the management of an epidemic outbreak, and improved awareness of the actions needed to prepare for and respond to Lassa fever cases. In addition, the group discussed the roles that each stakeholder should play in epidemic outbreak management.
Read the Impact Brief for more information about the exercise.
Image above: Participants at the workshop. Photo credit: STOP Spillover Sierra Leone.