The United States President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), financed 4 million US dollars for the construction of a new national public health training center in Ethiopia.
It will be the first national training center for health, according to the press statement from the United States Embassy in Ethiopia. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Programs in Ethiopia (CDC-Ethiopia) will manage the construction of this facility over the next one and half years. The construction of the Center is expected to be finalized by April 2014.
“Since 2004, CDC-Ethiopia has collaborated with the Ethiopian Government to renovate and construct regional public health laboratories, outpatient departments in hospitals, training venues for health workers, and other health related facilities that bring direct benefit to the people of Ethiopia. These collaborations with Ethiopia to improve infrastructure are essential for the improvement of healthcare delivery, which in turn enable the public to receive better quality healthcare,” the statement noted.
The Ethiopian Minister of Health, Dr. Tedros Adhanom, and the U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia, Donald E. Booth, officially launched the construction of the center at the Ethiopian Health and Nutrition Research Institute (EHNRI).
The new national public health training center will be a state-of-the-art facility that will act as a training and support hub for Ethiopia's national public health monitoring, research, and laboratory network.
“Strategically placed U.S. government investments expand and improve the functioning of the health care workforce; emphasizing holistic pre-service and in-service education, which prepares workers to address both HIV and broader health care needs” said U.S. Ambassador, Donald E. Booth, at the groundbreaking ceremony.
Designed in accordance with international building codes and best practices in construction, the training center will be a state of the art four floor structure. Its facilities will include an auditorium that seats 500 people and a number of training and meeting rooms. It will offer wireless internet, fully equipped conference rooms with projection and video-conference facilities and multimedia classrooms.