WHO Regional Director for Africa inaugurates regional emergency medical team training center in Ethiopia
15 April 2021
WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr. Matshidiso Moeti and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Ethiopia Dr. Catherine Sozi joined Ethiopia's Health Minister Dr. Lia Tadesse in the inauguration ceremony of the National and Regional Emergency Medical Team (EMT) Training Center in Addis Ababa.
The center will help strengthen the Region's health emergency and disaster response capacity.
In her mission to Ethiopia, Dr Moeti also met with H.E. President Sahle-Work Zewde and discussed collaboration on promoting universal health coverage. She applauded the government’s early proactive efforts against COVID-19, which helped keep the pandemic under control during much of last year. However, she stressed the need for a whole of government approach in the current upsurge, as well as a recommitment to key public health measures such as physical distancing, limiting mass gatherings and wearing masks.
Dr. Moeti also discussed with Dr. Sozi and the UN Country Team in Ethiopia on key issues in the country's health sector including COVID-19 as well as the UN response in support of the national efforts.