Additional partners: Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine; Tulane University School of Business; George Washington University School of Public Policy Administration; World Bank Institute; Uganda Management Institute; East and Southern Africa Management Institute.

This partnership has been strengthening public health leadership and disaster management in East Africa since 2006 by improving the capacity of local institutions to train mid- and senior-level health professionals.

The result is a cadre of highly capable leaders and practitioners who can skillfully plan, implement, and manage effective responses to the health needs of Africans. As a result of this five-year $5 million partnership, a wide range of professionals gained training in leadership, health policy and planning, public administration, budgeting, human resource management, emergency response, and zoonotic (animal-borne) disease management.

A major outcome of this partnership is an active legal alliance of seven schools of public health in six Eastern African countries: Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. Since the partnership’s start-up with $2 million in funding, USAID—recognizing the alliance’s state-of-the-art public health expertise—contributed an additional $3.68 million.

With this additional support, the partners’ activities grew well beyond leadership training. They built district-level capacity in health emergency management, with a particular focus on zoonotic diseases. In addition, the partnership standardized the core public health curriculum across all member schools. In addition to the partner institutions, these are: Jimma University (Ethiopia), Moi University and University of Nairobi (Kenya), National University of Rwanda, and University of Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo).

During the partnership's five-year span, it trained more than 1,000 people in disaster management in 161 of the 557 districts across the six countries in the alliance.

At a Glance

Partner Institutions:

Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health; Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences; Makerere University Institute of Public Health


Sub-Saharan Africa


Jan 2006–Mar 2011

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Success Story

Trained Public Health and Emergency Management Called on to Lead Disaster Response in Eastern Africa

The expertise and readiness of trainees in Disaster Management response was tested when The Kilosa District declared a disaster, and the Tanzanian Government made its first call to the District Disaster Management Team from Kilosa to assist in responding to the devastation – because the Government knew that the team had been trained by HEMP.

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