Role of the Global Health Development/Eastern Mediterranean Public Health Network and the Eastern Mediterranean Field Epidemiology Training Programs in Preparedness for COVID-19 [open pdf - 73KB]
From the Abstract: "This viewpoint article aims to highlight the contribution of the Global Health Development (GHD)/Eastern Mediterranean Public Health Network (EMPHNET) and the EMR [Eastern Mediterranean Region]'s Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETPs) to prepare for and respond to the current COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] threat. GHD/EMPHNET has the scientific expertise to contribute to elevating the level of country alert and preparedness in the EMR and to provide technical support through health promotion, training and training materials, guidelines, coordination, and communication. The FETPs are currently actively participating in surveillance and screening at the ports of entry, development of communication materials and guidelines, and sharing information to health professionals and the public. However, some countries remain ill-equipped, have poor diagnostic capacity, and are in need of further capacity development in response to public health threats. It is essential that GHD/EMPHNET and FETPs continue building the capacity to respond to COVID-19 and intensify support for preparedness and response to public health emergencies." This article was originally published on the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) Public Health and Surveillance website: [https://publichealth.jmir.org/2020/1/e18503].
Mohannad Saleh Al Nsour, Haitham Bashier, Abulwahed Al Serouri, Elfatih Malik, Yousef Khader, Khwaja Saeed, Aamer Ikram, Abdalla Mohammed Abdalla, Abdelmounim Belalia, Bouchra Assarag, Mirza Amir Baig, Sami Almudarra, Kamal Arqoub, Shahd Osman, Ilham Abu-Khader, Dana Shalabi, Yasir Majeed. Posted here with permission. Document is under a Creative Commons license and requires proper attribution and noncommercial use to be shared: [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/].
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JMIR Public Health Surveillance (January-March 2020), v.6 no.1