Best practice recommendations for conducting after-action reviews to enhance public health preparedness
The threat of serious, cross-border infectious disease outbreaks in Europe is a significant challenge in terms of public health emergency preparedness (PHEP). An integral part of improving preparedness and response planning is learning from past experience. Conducting after-action reviews (AARs) on public health emergencies is one such approach, but there is no standardised approach to conducting such assessments. This report identifies the common features of AARs, develops a validity assessment tool for appraising AARs, and proposes a set of best practice recommendations.
Expert meeting on the use of evidence in decision making during health crisis
ECDC is organising an expert consultation meeting in Stockholm in order to contribute to a better understanding by public health experts of the mechanisms through which scientific evidence feeds into decision-making processes during emergencies.
Synergies in community and institutional public health emergency preparedness for tick-borne diseases in Spain
The present report is concerned with the events in Spain surrounding two cases of infection with Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) virus that emerged in the Autonomous Community of Castilla y León in August 2016.
Synergies in community and institutional public health emergency preparedness for tick-borne diseases in the Netherlands
The present report is concerned with the emerging infection of tick-borne encephalitis in the Netherlands — the two first endemic cases occurring in July 2016 — in the larger context of a widespread and increasing incidence of lyme borreliosis.
How communities can collaborate with institutions during public health emergencies: Case studies focusing on tick-borne diseases
Focusing on two recent public health emergencies related to tick-borne diseases in two EU countries, ECDC experts investigated the public health response and specifically the involvement of the communities.
ECDC country preparedness activities, 2013-2017
This report for the period 2013–2017 provides an overview of ECDC’s sustained creative efforts to strengthen public health emergency preparedness in the European Union by supporting cross-border collaboration and a number of additional activities at the country level.
HEPSA – health emergency preparedness self-assessment tool, User guide
HEPSA is used to evaluate levels of preparedness, identify potential gaps, identify vulnerabilities, and detect areas for improvement – with the goal to strengthen overall preparedness capacities for public health emergencies. This user guide provides basic information on the self-assessment process.
Towards One Health preparedness
In order to further explore and identify priority areas for action for strengthening One Health preparedness in Europe, ECDC convened an expert consultation on 11–12 December 2017. This report summarises the key conclusions from this consultation.