The European Public Health Microbiology Training (EUPHEM) celebrates its fifth anniversary
The Programme for European Public Health Microbiology Training (EUPHEM) started in 2008 as a pilot two-year fellowship programme with two fellows in the first cohort. Based on the positive experience after the first two years the programme continued and expanded the number of countries and public health laboratories involved. In 2013, while 4 fellows are graduating, the new cohort starts the 2 year fellowship in nine different EUPHEM training sites.
ECDC-ASEF workshop: Strengthening the link between emergency risk communication and preparedness planning
For the first time, ECDC and the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) jointly organised a capacity-building workshop to discuss the challenges of incorporating emergency risk communication in all aspects of public health emergency preparedness planning. The workshop ‘How can we be better prepared for the next global health threat - Planning and implementing emergency risk communication’ took place 7-8 September in Stockholm and convened over 60 public health experts from Asian and EU/EEA countries.
Emergency Response Mission: Fighting Malaria in Chad
Pieter Smit is a microbiologist by training, with a specialisation in international public health. He completed his PhD at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine before joining the EUPHEM programme.
Control of multidrug-resistant micro-organisms in health care settings
The main objective of the course was to strengthen capacity in EU Member States for control of healthcare-associated infections due to multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) in acute health care settings and to promote the broadest possible implementation of appropriate methods. A second objective was to achieve team building between colleagues with similar responsibilities in control of nosocomial spread of MDROs and to share training approaches, knowledge and best practices.