The CBRN project for strengthening health security in the Mediterranean, MediPIET, managed by the FIIAPP and the Carlos III Public Health Institute, has brought 53 trainers and trainees together for the first module of the Mediterranean training programme in intervention epidemiology in Tunisia.
The activity, being held from 27th October to 7th November, also included a preliminary train-the-trainer session the week before the start of the main module. This training was organized with the support of one of the project partners, the National Observatory of New and Emerging Diseases (ONMNE) of the Tunisian Ministry of Health, and is it taking place at the headquarters of the Pasteur Institute in the country’s capital city.
The activity covered relevant topics such as surveillance in public health; investigation of disease outbreaks; development of research protocols; prevention of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats (CBRN); as well as knowledge of International Health Regulations. In addition, the study cases analyzed were based on real outbreaks of haemorrhagic fevers such as Ebola and food borne diseases caused by salmonella and norovirus.
This first module, entitled “Introduction to Intervention Epidemiology”, is aimed at students from the first cohort who will follow the training programme over two years (fellows), and epidemiologists selected from the 18 countries participating in the MediPIET project.
The participants and the trainers attending this module of the European Commission-financed programme came from Albania, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Jordan, Kosovo*, Lebanon, Serbia and Tunisia, as well as European Union member states: Germany, Spain, France, Greece, Czech Republic and Slovakia.