Description of the Institute
The Hellenic Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) is responsible for surveillance and control of infectious diseases in Greece. It functions under the supervision of the Ministry of Health, and is in close collaboration with the local public health authorities. It was established in 1992 with the aim to develop activities on HIV/AIDS. In 1998, the Hellenic Centre for Surveillance and Intervention (EKEPAP) was established within KEEL with the aim to undertake public health surveillance and outbreak investigation activities. In 2001, EKEPAP was incorporated in KEEL as its Department of Surveillance and Intervention. Finally, in 2005, KEEL was renamed to KEELPNO and is now also responsible for control and prevention of non-communicable diseases in the country.
KEELPNO covers a wide range of activities in the area of surveillance and intervention, nosocomial-acquired infections, public health support of immigrants, refugees and other minority groups, research, travel medicine consultation and guidelines issuing.
The Department of Epidemiological Surveillance and Intervention which is the training site for EPIET/EUPHEM consists of; Airborne Diseases Unit, Vaccine Preventable and Congenital Diseases Unit, Foodborne (and waterborne) Diseases Unit, Zoonoses Unit, Vector-borne Diseases Unit, Coordination of Surveillance Systems Unit, and Epidemiological Data Management Unit.
The main activities of the department regard surveillance of communicable diseases and investigation of sporadic cases and outbreaks all over the country in close collaboration with local health authorities. Surveillance is based on the mandatory notification system, the system of laboratory reporting, the sentinel surveillance systems and several specialized laboratory networks.
Selected trainees will be based at the Department of Epidemiological Surveillance and Intervention of KEELPNO. The Department has about 25 people staff (epidemiologists, infectious diseases specialists, microbiologists, health inspectors, statisticians, and administrative staff). The trainees will be integrated in the activities of the Department, which include running, evaluating and setting up surveillance systems, outbreak investigations, and specific research projects.
Trainees will be supervised by senior epidemiologists, and will closely collaborate with all the scientists of the Department of Epidemiological Surveillance and Intervention of KEELPNO.
Most of the people working in the Department can communicate well in English and some also in French, Spanish, Italian or other languages.
Number of EPIET graduates working at the institute: Three
Number of hosted MS-Track fellows at the institute: One
Number of hosted EU-Track fellows at the institute: One
Available as a training site for Cohort 2015: No