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Brennan Banks at EOC dedication

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Lise Martel from the CDC speaks with Brennan Banks from Paul G. Allen's Ebola program at the dedication ceremony in Guinea.

Emergency Operations Centers for Ebola Dedicated in West Africa

9/17/2015

Emergency Operations Centers for Ebola Dedicated in West Africa

9/17/2015

Brennan Banks at EOC dedication

Vulcan Inc.

Lise Martel from the CDC speaks with Brennan Banks from Paul G. Allen's Ebola program at the dedication ceremony in Guinea.

At the height of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa last year, the CDC Foundation responded the need for public health emergency management systems and physical emergency operations centers (EOCs) to coordinate Ebola response activities. 

Paul G. Allen's Ebola program provided $12.9 million to support the creation of three EOCs in the countries hardest hit by the outbreak, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

While these EOCs have been operating for several months, the CDC Foundation gathered representatives of the governments of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone as well as officials from the U.S. government, CDC, the CDC Foundation, and the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program are participating for dedication ceremonies first in Conakry, Guinea, and then Monrovia, Liberia; and Freetown, Sierra Leone. 

Here are excerpts from the release:

“Our donors met a critical need in the Ebola response by supporting the emergency operations centers and the incident management processes managed through them. This support has helped protect West Africa, the United States and the world,” said Charles Stokes, president and CEO of the CDC Foundation.  

“During a public health emergency such as Ebola, EOCs serve as the nerve center to bring people together and coordinate activities necessary to control an outbreak as fast as possible,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.

Read more about the EOC dedication ceremonies on the CDC Foundation's newsroom and blog post by Charles Stokes

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