IHR preparedness and multisectoral collaboration response planning – Expert meeting 06 and 07 September 2022, Malta and Online

Expert meeting 06 and 07 September 2022, Malta and Online

Streamlining preparedness and response plans between EU countries for threats to health is a real priority. Challenges such as COVID-19 cut across the range of responsible sectors and intersecting services/resources – health, education, social and financial protection, economic development, law enforcement, public health laboratories, environment and other sectors.  

Multisectoral collaboration (MSC) enables partners from diverse sectors to effectively convene to do more together than alone – a fact recognised by the United Nations sustainable development goals which are predicated on multisectoral solutions.

A two day session facilitated by the RIVM – Dutch National Institute For Public Health and The Environment – brings together professionals from a range of sectors involved in response to all hazards. The aim is to update data and insight to inform an overview of the most important lessons learnt regarding multisectoral collaboration during the pandemic – with particular focus on understanding multi-sectoral collaboration during both the decision-making processes and decision-implementation processes.

Agenda for the Expert meeting 06 and 07 September 2022

The intersectoral/multidisciplinary insight gathered in Malta will help future preparedness and response planning in individual member states and relevant international organisations. The intelligence has the potential to be shared at the September 2022 ECDC expert meeting in Sweden to identify best practices and challenges during COVID-19. It will be disseminated via an academic paper and presented at European Public Health Conference 2022 in November.

Strengthen your multisectoral preparedness and response plans – Call for professionals from across the response sectors

To participate, individuals should be from a relevant response sector and have a good overview of the general COVID-19 preparedness and response within their country.

To express an interest in attending, please complete and return this form. Registrations can be made up until 31 August 2022.

RIVM bring extensive experience of preparedness and response. Including the development of a multidisciplinary professionals’ self-assessment tool on preparedness for EU Member States. The RIVM will facilitate the session using a Delphi technique – a method of group decision-making and forecasting that involves successively collating the judgments of experts. This demands that participants complete an online, anonymised fact finding questionnaire to initiate the consensus discussions over the 2 day programme. The questionnaire takes 30-45 minutes to complete. It needs to be completed by 1 September 2022. Access the questionnaire and the appendix list of sectors based on the European Commission’s list of sectors and economic activities.

This approach promises participants:

  • The opportunity to build understanding of the mechanisms, and exchange knowledge with other country and sectoral experts
  • Insight on how sectors collaborate, and how to do so more efficiently, effectively and equitably, and ascertain similarities and differences across contexts
  • Familiarity with the essentials for developing operational ready, multisectoral preparedness and response plans for serious cross-border health threats with an integrated, all hazards approach

Participants will be better equipped to manage complex threats to health and drive improvement in their member state’ IHR capacity performance.

The event is free to attend. However, participants will need to cover their travel, accommodation and subsistence costs from their own organisation’s budgets. You may find this practical information useful for accommodation and travel planning (PDF, 322 KB).

There is an option for participants to attend the meeting online. However, we strongly encourage a live presence. 

For any queries, please email sharp@rivm.nl
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