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Analytical summary - Epidemic and pandemic-prone diseases

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Epidemic-prone disease and nutritional emergencies due to recurrent drought and pandemics are major health sector priorities. However, Ethiopia is not yet adequately prepared to respond efficiently to such threats.

Public health emergency management preparedness and response is one of the core processes introduced under business process re-engineering within the Ethiopian Health and Nutrition Research Institute and implementation has started. In order to establish public health emergency management teams at the Ministry of Health and rural health boards, 13 epidemic intelligence service officers have been trained.

Twenty diseases have been selected for surveillance and detection and new forecasting, early warning, response and record systems have been designed.[1]


  1. Health Sector Development Program IV, 2010/11–2014/15. Final draft. Addis Ababa, Government of Ethiopia, Ministry of Health, 2010