​ECDC call for epidemiologists to join its Ebola response teams in Guinea

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Despite a dramatic improvement of the epidemiological situation in Guinea in 2015, the elimination of human transmission of the Ebola virus will require sustained efforts over the next few months. ECDC will continue deploying experts to Guinea to contribute to the field work related to surveillance and response activities, under the World Health Organization's Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) umbrella.

Even though a dramatic improvement of the epidemiological situation in Guinea has taken place in the first six months of 2015, the elimination of human transmission of the Ebola virus will require sustained efforts over the next few months. ECDC plans to continue deploying experts to Guinea to contribute to the field work related to surveillance and response activities, under the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) umbrella.

The ECDC is looking for field-experienced experts who can support the ECDC contingent for periods of twelve weeks starting from September and until the end of 2015.

If you are an experienced epidemiologist, fluent in French, with field experience, please express your interest sending your CV and your availability period to Valeria.Pelosi@ecdc.europa.eu.

The role of the teams is to provide technical support and leadership for the response activities in the field: case detection, contact tracing and monitoring, collection and analysis of descriptive epidemiology, quality assurance and training of national staff engaged in the Ebola response.

There are two major roles: field work and data management.

Experts deployed in the ECDC contingent are formally employed by GOARN as short term consultants and covered by the WHO insurance system. The WHO covers travel costs and per diem. The ECDC contributes to the preparation of experts who are deployed and provides back-up for the teams in the field. Staff are not remunerated by the ECDC.

What has been done so far

Since December 2014, ECDC is engaged in the response to the Ebola epidemic in Guinea under the GOARN mechanism. French speaking experts from Spain, Germany, the UK, France, Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Norway and Lebanon have been deployed over the last seven months. As of 1 July, 55 experts have been involved in the fight against Ebola in Guinea: 20 from ECDC, 11 EPIETs and EUPHEMS and 22 from EU Member States. 
  
Contribution to support WHO, by origin of mobilised experts, Guinea, December 2014 to July 2015.

EPIET = European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training
EUPHEM = European Programme for Public Health Microbiology Training

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