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FELTP residents placed at Disease Surveillance and Response & Emergency Operation Centre, joined MOH staff from Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda for the Population Connectivity Across Borders (PopCAB) TOT training held between 19th and 23rd September 2022 at Green Meadows Hotel in Tororo, Uganda. The objective of the training was to train teams from Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda on Population Connectivity Across Borders (POPCAB) surveillance toolkit in order to ably prepare and respond to diseases of public health importance in their respective countries.

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POPCAB is a new CDC technology used to analyze population movements and connectivity. This movements can be used to epidemiologically explain disease distribution and spread. Understanding population movement patterns across borders is important to inform preparedness and response activities for public health emergency and prevention of disease spread across borders. Population mobility patterns across borders are assessed using the CDC POCAB Toolkit MOH Uganda has conducted a number of POPCABs and thus recommended the scale up of POPCAB methodology to MOH Kenya and Rwanda in order to control outbreaks at regional level.

This training couldn't have come at a more appropriate time than now, especially with the declaration of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) by the Uganda Ministry of Health. The roll-out and implementation of the training will better equip the three countries with the requisite skills necessary to avert transmission of infectious diseases through monitoring of movements. The training was organised and supported by CDC in conjunction with Uganda Ministry of Health.

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