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EAC’s One Stop Border Posts Staff Train Against Covid-19

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The second batch of training staff working at all One Stop Border Posts in the East African community commences Monday with the aim of skilling them in prevention and detection.

This training is conducted by AMREF Flying Doctors in close cooperation with the EAC Secretariat. The ongoing training is taking place from 5 to 8 October at the Malaba/Malaba border post between Kenya and Uganda. 10 further OSBPs between all EAC Partner States are earmarked for the trainings

According to the EAC secretariat, depending on the size of the border posts, between 16 and 32 staff members are trained as trainers in 2-day courses. They come from customs, immigration, port health and animal health, bureau of standards, security, and cargo and baggage handlers from both sides of the border as well as from the Joint Border Management Committees. This contributes at the same time to regional integration. Clearing agents are also included in the training.

“The participants in this training will in turn train their colleagues on the skills they have acquired to further cascade the message and ensure that the busy border posts can effectively prevent the spread of COVID 19 and detect and respond to infected passengers”, explains Anthony Kihara of AMREF Flying Doctors. “The scope of the training focusses on operations at the OSBP with close contact to travelers and their luggage.”

The Principal Customs Officer for Capacity Building at the EAC Secretariat, Stephen Analo, who coordinates the training, is convinces that “all the EAC Partner States will benefit from this initiative”. The training is facilitated by the Germany Government through the “Support to Pandemic Preparedness in the EAC Region” project, in cooperation between the EAC Secretariat and the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.