After Action Review for the Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever Outreak

The purpose of the After Action Review (AAR) is to identify best practices and challenges encountered during the response to the CCHF outbreak and to identify/evaluate prevention, preparedness, and coordination and risk coordination mechanisms in responding to future CCHF and related public health threats.

Specific objectives 

  • to identify best practices and gaps  in the preparedness, prevention, detection, investigation, contact tracing and CCHF surveillance among humans and animals
  • to identify best practices and gaps regarding case management, infection prevention and control (IPC) during the response to the CCHF outbreak among humans and animals.
  • to identify actions for learning and improvement (gaps) regarding social mobilization and risk communication 
  • to evaluate the outbreak investigation process and identify strengths and weaknesses and plan for the way forward
  • to evaluate the risk communication and managerial, logistic and financial coordination of the preparedness and outbreak response 
  • to develop action plan for improved preparedness and response plans for future CCHF outbreaks.

Expected Outcomes:

  • Best practices and gaps  in the preparedness and response for CCHF identified
  • Best practices and gaps regarding case management and IPC identified.
  • Outbreak investigation process evaluated and gaps addressed
  • risk communication and managerial, logistic and financial coordination of the preparedness and outbreak response evaluated 
  • Actions plan for improved social mobilization, risk communication and CCHF  preparedness and response plans proposed 

Approximately 45 participants are expected to attend, including  officials from the Office of the Prime Minister; Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology; Namibian Police; Roman Catholic Hospital; Pathcare (private laboratory); Namibia Institute of Pathology (NIP); City of Windhoek, CDC-Country Office, Namibia Red cross Society, FELTP residents (Master’s Degree students) and the MoHSS staff from Ministry of Health and Social Services, including: Primary Health Care (EHS and IEC), Khomas regional health directorate, Omaheke regional health directorate, Epidemiology Division, Research, Infection Prevention and Control and, Ambulance Services.