A 5 day Disaster Communication and Warning Pilot Course was held at the Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Training Centre from 13th to 17th August 2018.
The course which was jointly organised by the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) and the Kofi Annan International Peace keeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) was funded and facilitated by the Embassy of the United States of America and the leadership of the United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM).
During the reflection of participants; Abdul Karim Will, the course leader from Sierra Leone, noted that the course was an eye opener to effective disaster communication and expressed their excitements being the first group to participate in this pilot course and also called on the facilitators to put measures in place to make the course a sustainable one.
In a remark by Hon. Eric Nana Agyemang Prempeh, the Director General of NADMO, He stated that the course was aimed at equipping participants from the sub region with requisite knowledge and skills in Disaster Communication and Warning to help participants communicate effectively on disaster management in their respective organisations therefore the need to take this course seriously.
He further stated ‘’if most of you had had this course earlier before the outbreak of Ebola in Liberia and Sierra Leone, your communication styles would have been very different and may have helped to quickly and effectively brought the spread under control’’.
Hon. Eric Nana Agyemang Prempeh also used the opportunity to thank the Leadership of KAIPTC, the Us Embassy, and the leadership of USAFRICOM for their great commitment and support to the course.
Participants were drawn from Ghana and other countries including Sierra Leone, Togo, Senegal, Liberia.
Also present at the ceremony were Air Vice Marshall Griffiths Santrofi Evans, Commandant of KAIPTC, Lt. Col. Dela Klutse, Course Director, Mr. Christopher Bell, programme Consultant and Leader of United States Africa Command Team facilitators, Mr Seji Saji , Deputy Director General of NADMO in charge ofTechnical and Reforms, NADMO and Madam Ruth Arthur, Director for Disease Epidemics, NADMO