Africa CDC launches web-based tool for public health emergency workforce management
The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has partnered with the International Health Regulations (IHR) Strengthening Project of Public Health England (PHE) for a public health tool. The new web-based tool, AvoHC Net, enables rapid deployment and better administration of a standby workforce for public health emergencies in Africa. AvoHC Net will facilitate easy and prompt access to profiles of members of the African Volunteer Health Corps (AVoHC), exchange of relevant information with partner organisations for public health emergency deployments, training of experts on disaster preparedness, management and response, and access to country-specific health information for risk mapping and vulnerability assessment. AVoHC is a multidisciplinary standby workforce to respond to public health emergencies across Africa and was created following the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa in 2014 by the African Union heads of state and government.