Tanzania has been experiencing increased frequency and complexity of Public health emergencies of varying backgrounds, as is the case in many other countries of the Globe. They range from including disease outbreaks, natural disasters, intentional acts of terrorism and other health emergencies that are yet to come. These affect many parts of the country which in turn, not only cause significant morbidities and mortalities but also economic and social dysfunction.
Tanzania like many other developing countries must be prepared to organize an effective response in the event of a public health emergency. The Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MOHCDGEC) has established a Public Health Emergency Operations Center (PHEOC) in late October 2015 to provide the necessary facilities and systems for the coordination of public health emergency response.
PHEOCs are on the increase use by many Nations across the Globe including Tanzania. This is serving as a tool for multidisciplinary coordination activities where various teams of highly trained experts and state-of-the-art technology are brought together to strengthen our ability to detect and respond to public health threats and remain to be a cornerstone of emergency preparedness and response.