As the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak escalates in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Uganda is ticking all the boxes to ensure that the country is able to respond effectively should there be a confirmed case of Ebola in the country. As of 13th November 2018, there were 295 confirmed cases with 209 death and still counting.

Therefore, this week, the Ministry of Health with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) trained health workers on the Good Clinical Practice (GCP) course. This is designed to prepare health workers to conduct clinical trials with human participants. It is an ethical and scientific quality control course that prepares participants to design, conduct, perform, monitor, audit, record, analyze and report on clinical trials.

The GCP course is important in the ongoing vaccination exercise because it protects the rights, safety and welfare of health workers to be vaccinated, minimizes human exposure to investigational products and improves quality of data collection and compilation. Compliance with the standard provides public assurance that the rights, safety and well-being of the health workers are protected.

For more information please visit https://www.afro.who.int