Training, local exercises and exchange of working practices WP8

Objective

Strengthening International Health Regulations (IHR) implementation for serious cross-border health threats in the SHARP Joint Action partner countries through cross-sectoral, basic and advanced training.

Why the work of SHARP Joint Action work package (WP) 8 is important

Insufficient human resources is a major obstacle in IHR implementation. At the outset of SHARP JA the human resources capacity in the WHO Euro region had decreased in the recent years.

Sophisticated IHR plans, regulations and standard operating procedures (SOPs) cannot be implemented, unless qualified and trained staff are available to fulfill this task.

Expected results:

  • Improved levels of IHR capacities to prevent, prepare, detect and respond to cross-border threats to health
  • Practices related to IHR capacity building exchanged with a special emphasis on strengthening the capacities of countries with GNI less than 90% of EU average

WP8 Activities, Outputs, Deliverables

12 – 13 November 2019 the WP8 kickoff meeting, hosted by the Institute of Public Health of Serbia (IPHS) in Belgrade.
More than 30 participants from 13 countries plus representatives of WHO and ECDC came together to discuss plans and best ways to implement activities. The meeting was a great opportunity for experts to meet and share their experiences in the IHR (2005) implementation.  Read more about the WP8 kickoff meeting.  
01 January 2021 Report on IHR (2005) training needs (D8.1)
A desk review of available documents provided an assessment of cross-sectoral training needs of the SHARP JA partner countries. This identifies further training needs on topics related to preparedness and IHR. Read Work Package 8 report on training needs.
 
Publicly available data sources included
·       progress reports on preparedness and response planning under decision 1082/2013/EU (art. 4)
·       an ECDC report on capacity and training needs assessment
·       mission reports from WHO Joint External Evaluations (JEE) IHR State Party Self-Assessment Annual Reports (SPAR)          
29 April 2021 A tabletop exercise on infodemic explored the themes and key strategy areas set out in the WHO EU COVID-19 Fatigue framework. 
Read more about the Tackling COVID-19 Fatigue webinar.            
9 and 10 June 2021 In(tra)-Action Review Training
The RKI prepared and implemented a training entitled “In(tra)-Action Reviews (IAR) in an Online Setting” together with WHO Euro, ECDC and IPHS. The training was held on June 9 and 10, 2021 as 3-hour-online-session. 
 
Targeted at public health professionals at the operational level interested in conducting an IAR on the COVID-19 response or other public health events. The training familiarised participants with the scope and goals of IARs and their implementation in a virtual setting, drawing upon resources provided by WHO and ECDC. In total, 37 participants from 16 countries attended the training.      
7 July 2021 Risk Communication Exercise
The National Institute of Public Health Slovenia (supported by ECDC;  Work Package 2 lead – Public Health Wales; IPHS and RKI) conducted an online “Risk Communication Exercise” focused on risk communication during a vaccine rollout.
 
During the 2-hour session, participants had the opportunity to increase their knowledge of criteria for good communication messaging, improve communication skills, exchange their experiences and learn from each other.
Read more on the 5 key principles for Risk Communication.      
June 2020 to March 2022 IHR (2005) Basic Online Training 2020 – 2021 (D8.3)
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) prepared and implemented an IHR (2005) Basic Online Training, supported by WHO Euro. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic it was held as an online training, separated in five 2-hour sessions.
 
The training aimed to provide basic IHR (2005) knowledge for public health professionals at junior or mid-career level actively involved in the implementation of IHR (2005) core capacities and was organized in 5 modules.  In total, 60 people from 21 countries took part in at least one of the five modules of the training.

February and March 2022 IHR (2005) Basic Online Training 2022 (D8.3)
Following the success of the previous IHR (2005) Basic Online Training, the training was repeated with a similar agenda.  In total, 32 people from 14 European countries took part in this second round of the IHR (2005) Basic Online Training.
 
In total, 88 professionals from more than 20 European countries have attended the IHR (2005) Basic Online Trainings during the Joint Action.
Read more on WP8 efforts on strengthening preparedness for serious cross-border health threats.        
October 2021 Inventory of IHR-related training activities and materials (Task 8.1.2)
An inventory of existing IHR-related training activities and materials was initiated in July 2020 by Instituto de Salud Carlos III; ISCIII – the Spanish Institute of Public Health. 
 
The document provides information on existing IHR-related training activities and materials from different institutions and organizations. The inventory gives an overview of each trainings’ objectives, duration and available languages.

4 November 2021 SHARP JA partners met to discuss and exchange on the progress of the WP8 (MS29).  Representatives of the WHO Euro and ECDC and other WPs coordinators attended the meeting and contributed with the valuable inputs.      
31 March 2022 Advanced training curricula (D8.3)
Advanced chemical training and exercise prepared in collaboration with WP9 Chemical safety and chemical threats.  Read more about WP9.          
2 – 4 June 2022 Advanced trainings (MS27)
In collaboration with WP9 training on chemical safety and chemical threats delivered to 35 participants across 13 member states. Read more about WP9.

Currently in development by SHARP Joint Action WP 8

  • 13-14 October 2022 International simulation exercise on Points of Entry
  • Final report on all training provided in WP8, detailing the training packages and Online platform for WP8 training materials (MS28) which will include guidance for conducting online training sessions and templates
  • Secondments to high GNI-countries
    WP8 is facilitating useful learning experiences through secondments of SHARP partner staff from low GNI states to WHO, ECDC or high GNI-partner countries.

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Work Package 8 partners and people

WP8 Lead: Institute of Public Health of Serbia, “Dr Milan Jovanovic Batut”

IPHS – Institute of Public Health, Republic of Serbia “Dr Milan Jovanović Batut” provides advice, expertise, support and guidance for the Serbian government and all public health institutions in all aspects of public health. The activities of the Institute are focused on fulfillment of public interest by developing conditions for the sustainable health and wellbeing through comprehensive activities of the society, to preserve physical and mental health, to protect environment and to prevent and control diseases, risk factors and injuries. It conducts independent research on issues of public health concern in Serbia.

Importantly, the Institute of Public Health of Serbia is National Focal Point (NFP) for IHR and one of its main tasks is related to coordination of preparedness and response of the health system to public health emergencies, performing together with a network of 24 district public health institutes. E: sharpwp8@batut.org.rs

WP8 Co-lead:  Robert Koch Institute

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) is the German national public health institute within the portfolio of the Federal Ministry of Health. Among other tasks, the RKI is responsible for nationwide health monitoring and the prevention and detection of infectious diseases. Its scientists conduct research in infectious disease epidemiology as well as sentinel surveillance projects and support the federal states in outbreak investigations. In respect of the IHR (2005) the RKI is the responsible authority for assessing biological threats, whereas the German Joint Information and Situation Centre (GMLZ) is the National IHR Focal Point in Germany. E: ja-sharp@rki.de

WP8 Core team of lead partners

Dr Verica Jovanovic, PhD, Associate Professor, Specialist in Social Medicine, Master in Health Management, Acting Director of the Institute of Public Health of Serbia, WHO National focal point for IHR, more than 20 years of extensive experience in Public Health and Project Management.

Dr Milena Vasic, PhD, Associate Professor, Specialist in Social Medicine, Master in Health Management, Head of Department for International Cooperation and Project Management.  More than 25 years of extensive experience in Project Management, Public Health capacity building and Human Resources Planning and Development.

Dr Biljana Kilibarda, PhD, specialist in social medicine, public health expert with 20 years of experience in health promotion. She participated in numerous national and international projects/ programs and contributed to the development of different strategic documents in public health field.

Dr Maria an der Heiden (DVM), Deputy head of Unit for Crisis Management, Outbreak Investigations and Training Programmes, Focal Point for the Public Health Service, Department for Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Robert Koch Institute. Long-term experience in, e.g., IHR implementation, IHR National Focal Point activities, early warning and response systems, crisis management, simulation exercises, and preparedness and response.

Janina Schaefer, Research associate at Unit for Crisis Management, Outbreak Investigations and Training Programmes, Focal Point for the Public Health Service, Department for Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Robert Koch Institute, Germany.

Monica Sane-Schepisi, MD at Ministry of Health, Italy

Daniele Mipatrini, Public Health Consultant at Ministry of Health, Italy

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