EFFO-CoE: Efficiency by Edification – Center of Excellence

Construction Works and Training to Fight Pandemics

Short Description

From the end of 2021 to 2023, project activities are focusing on the planned construction of a high-level isolation unit in Kigali/Rwanda, and related high-consequence infectious diseases (HCID) training programs for medical staff. Through a bilateral training network between Rwanda and Germany, the EFFO-CoE project aims to strengthen the capacities of health care workers to face HCID outbreaks in Rwanda. For this purpose, a Center of Excellence (CoE) will be established in Rwanda’s capital Kigali.

The CoE will serve as a high-level isolation unit (HLIU) and treatment facility for high-consequence infectious diseases, as well as a training center for health personnel working at the CoE and dealing with HCID in the region. The target audience are healthcare professionals, primarily clinical. Trainers will be supported and internationally networked.

The EFFO-CoE project implements the findings of the EFFO-1 and EFFO-2 research projects, initiated by the German Federal Ministry of Health in 2014 to prepare hospital staff for high-consequence infectious diseases with a focus on West Africa. In the target country, Rwanda, EFFO collaborates with the Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC). In Germany, the project partners are the Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health and Medical Clinic with focus on Infectiology and Pneumology of the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, the IKE – Institute for Constructive Design, Industrial and Health Construction of the Technical University of Braunschweig, and the Medmissio – Institute for Global Health.


Aims of the Project

  • Construction of a High-Level Isolation Unit (HLIU) fo the treatment of patients affected by high-consequence infectious diseases in Rwanda’s capital Kigali
  • Conduction of training programs for health workers to effectively and safely respond to outbreaks of high-consequence infectious diseases (e.g. Ebola Virus Disease).


In Cooperation with

  • Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC), Rwanda
  • Operndorf Afrika, Burkina Faso
  • Medical Mission Institute Würzburg (MI), Germany
  • STAKOB (Permanent Working Group of Competence and Treatment Centres for High Consequence Infectious Diseases), Germany
  • Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health of the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin (ITMIH), Germany


From 2016 to 2021, within the scope of the predecessor projects EFFO-I, EFFO-II, EFFO-Acute, EFFO-HCF, and SicoR, measures were carried out to strengthen infection prevention and control as well as training on HCID (high-consequence infectious diseases, e.g., Ebola fever) in the target countries of Rwanda, Senegal, and Burkina Faso.


Last update: December 2022



15.11.2021 - 14.11.2024


ca. 5,000,000 EUR

Partner Countries

  • Burkina Faso
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal

Implementing Institution

Robert Koch-Institut