EU HEALTHY GATEWAYS JOINT ACTION PREPAREDNESS AND ACTION AT POINTS OF ENTRY (PORTS, AIRPORTS, GROUND CROSSINGS)

Training

09  Capacity building and training

 

Leader: National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Netherlands

This work package consists of all actions for capacity building including training at points of entry


Objectives:

To support the development, coordination, organization and implementation of Joint Action activities, including:

  • Training courses (online and face-to-face)
  • Table top/simulation exercises
  • Exchange of visits
  • Webinars

Main Tasks:

  • A tool to create a risk profile for points of entry will be developed and used by countries participating in the Joint Action. Version 1 of the tool will be pilot-tested in one country and results will be used to develop Version 2.
  • Guidelines for improving event detection and surveillance of public health events at ports, airports and ground crossings will be developed. Specific options will be given for integrating point of entry surveillance into the national surveillance system.
  • European and national level training courses, table-top and simulation exercises and webinars will be delivered. (See below for further information)

Deliverables:

A web-based training resources catalogue for points of entry, including international, EU and national training courses. This will be an electronically searchable catalogue, where interested parties can find training resources for points of entry.

SOPs for vector surveillance and control activities at all types of points of entry.

Report from the implementation of the multi-sectorial table top/simulation exercise at ports at EU level.

Guidelines for inter-country communication and information flow in outbreak investigations and management of public health events. The guidelines will include the roles of stakeholders involved in outbreak investigations on ships, and more generally, in the management of public health events and flowcharts of information among countries and at EU level.

 

TRAINING COURSES

 

A total of 4 EU-level face-to-face training courses (3-day “training of the trainers”) will be organized under the Joint Action.

 

The training material for each course will be developed jointly by the technical context experts of WPs 5, 6, 7, 8 and the training experts of WP 9. Where existing and available, WHO Learning Packages for event management at PoEs will be used and adapted to fit the EU context.

 

National-level training courses will be organized and take place in each partner and collaborating stakeholder country. The Joint Action will provide the training material and a network of professionals to participate as trainers in these national-level courses.

E-learning courses will also be developed jointly by the technical content experts of WPs 5, 6, 7, 8 and training experts of WP 9. All participants enrolled in face-to-face training courses should participate in e-learning courses prior to attendance.

The purpose of the training courses will be to increase the competence and capacity of professionals responsible for event management at points of entry for risk assessment, decision-making and crisis communication. The face-to-face training courses will additionally provide training on organizing and delivering table-top/simulation exercises. Target groups for both European and national level training courses will be professionals responsible for event management at all types of PoE.


JOINT ACTION TABLE-TOP/SIMULATION EXERCISES

Table-top/simulation exercises will be conducted for the Joint Action at EU, national and local levels. These exercises will be developed jointly by the technical context experts of WPs 5, 6, 7, 8 and the training experts of WP 9.


 

JOINT ACTION WEBINARS

A six-month webinar schedule is developed for the Joint Action, with ad-hoc webinars included in this schedule as required.

Target groups for the webinars are professionals responsible for core capacity implementation, preparedness planning and event management at PoE.

The content of the webinars address issues related to public health event management common to all PoE types.

Past webinars

Inspection Grading System

(Broadcasted live on Wednesday 12 September 2018)

Presenter: 

  • Jaret Ames, Senior Technical Expert, EU HEALTHY GATEWAYS Joint Action

 

 

Border health measures to reduce the potential for the introduction or exportation, and spread of public health diseases of international concern

(Broadcasted live on Tuesday 11 December 2018)

Presenters:    

  • Clive Brown, Chief Quarantine and Border Health Services Branch, Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Kathleen Moser, MD, Medical Officer, US-Mexico Unit – San Diego Office, Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, National Center for Emerging & Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Rebecca Merrill, Epidemiologist, Global Border Health Team, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Available for play-back viewing

Issues on disinfection and disinsection on aircrafts

(Broadcasted live on Tuesday 19 March 2019)

Presenters:   

  • Sabine Hölterhoff. Manager on Occupational Safety & Health on behalf of Lufthansa Technik with responsibility on the Fleet services for the line maintenance on Lufthansa and Lufthansa Cargo aircrafts.
  • Joachim Klaus. Occupational Safety Engineer Flight Operations on behalf of the Lufthansa Group and expert on barrier concepts for all concerns of industrial hygiene on behalf of the airline business.

 

Available for play-back viewing

Inspection Grading System for the Shipping Industry  

(Broadcasted live on Thursday 11 April 2019)

Inspection Grading System – an update

(Broadcasted live on Thursday 17 April 2019)

Presenters:   

  • Jaret Ames, Senior Technical Expert, EU HEALTHY GATEWAYS Joint Action
  • Barbara Mouchtouri, Leader of Work Package 7 “Maritime transport”, EU HEALTHY GATEWAYS Joint Action, Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology, Medical Faculty, University of Thessaly, Greece

 

 

Preparing and responding to chemical events at Points of Entry: ports

(Broadcasted live on Tuesday, 28 May 2019)

Presenters:   

  • Dr Tom Gaulton, UK: Tom is currently a Health Protection Scientist in the Chemical and Environmental Effects Department (CEED) at Pubic Health England (PHE) in the UK, where he works on and manages various projects on chemical threats, chemical incidents (including cross-border incidents) and surveillance of chemical incidents. Tom has participated in, organised and delivered multi-country exercises on serious cross border chemical health threats and has previously worked on the SHIPSAN ACT JA, providing technical input into the management of chemical and radiological incidents on ships and at ports.
  • Dr Charlotte Hague, UK: Charlotte is a Health Protection Scientist in the Chemical and Environmental Effects Department (CEED) at Pubic Health England (PHE) in the UK. Charlotte is also part of the chemical incident surveillance team within the CEED at PHE and has experience participating in, organising and delivering multi-country exercises on serious cross border chemical health threats. Charlotte has previously been a project manager of two collaborative EU funded projects which aim to improve EU level response to chemical incidents that may pose a cross-border public health risk; The European Chemical Emergency Network (ECHEMNET) and The Alerting System for Chemical Health Threats phase three (ASHTIII).
  • Mr Matej Ivartnik, Slovenia: Matej is an expert associate from NIJZ (Slovenian National Institute of Public Health), with a career in sanitary engineering and environmental science spanning almost 20 years. Matej is also a member of the expert group for chemical safety and drinking water and a member of the coordination group for preparedness and serious cross-border health threats. Matej has previously participated in multiple EU-wide exercises on cross-border threats to health, both as an individual and country representative for Slovenia.

 

Available for play-back viewing

Preparing and responding to chemical events at Points of Entry: airports

(Broadcasted live on Tuesday 6 August 2019)

Presenters:   

  • Dr Tom Gaulton, UK: Tom is currently a Health Protection Scientist in the Chemical and Environmental Effects Department (CEED) at Pubic Health England (PHE) in the UK, where he works on and manages various projects on chemical threats, chemical incidents (including cross-border incidents) and surveillance of chemical incidents. Tom has participated in, organised and delivered multi-country exercises on serious cross border chemical health threats and has previously worked on the SHIPSAN ACT JA, providing technical input into the management of chemical and radiological incidents on ships and at ports.
  • Dr Peter Otorepec, Head of Department, National Institute of Public Health, Slovenia: He is a specialist of hygiene and occupational medicine. He is currently in charge of the Environment and Health department at NIJZ. Dr. Otorepec has a great deal of experience in the field of environment and health. He was involved in various EU projects related to preparedness, plans and management of chemical incidents (EMNET, ECHEMNET, SHIPSAN). He was also involved in developing a method for Health impact assessment.
  • Dr. Boris Kopilovic, Head of Working Group for Infectious Diseases in Unit Koper, Centre for Communicable Diseases National Institute of Public Health, Slovenia. Medical doctor, PhD, specialist in epidemiology and specialist in occupational medicine. He is working in various areas of public health for 22 years. Expert in epidemiologic methodology and analysis, transmission of infectious diseases, outbreak investigation, and surveillance procedures. Other areas of his specialty include epidemiology of viral hepatitises and occupational medicine. 
  • Dr. Andreja Kukec is an assistant professor at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health, and a national expert for public health in National Institute of Public Health. She has a great deal of experience in the field of indoor and outdoor air pollution and different methodological approaches (HIA). She was involved in developing a method for Health impact and risk assessment of contaminated sites (IS1408). 

Available for play-back viewing

Crossing Borders: Tools and Strategies to Reduce the Risk of Importation and Exportation of Tuberculosis across the U.S. Border

(Broadcasted live on Tuesday, 22 October 2019)

Presenters:   

  • Clive Brown, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Drew Posey, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Araceli Rey, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Robynne Jungerman, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Kathleen Moser, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Available for play-back viewing

Health measures at points of entry to decrease the possibility of importation of Coronavirus cases (2019-nCoV) in EU Member States

(Broadcasted live on Wednesday 5 February 2020)

Presenters:   

  • Christos Hadjichristodoulou, University of Thessaly, Greece
  • Laura Jansen, Policy assistant, DG SANTE C3 Crisis management and preparedness in Health
  • Ninglan Wang, WHO
  • Cornelia Adlhoch, ECDC
  • Barbara Mouchtouri, University of Thessaly, Greece
  • Martin Dirksen Fischer, Hamburg Port Health Center, Institute for Occupational and Maritime Medicine, Germany
  • Miguel Davila, Ministry of Health, Spain
  • Anne de Vries, MD. Consultant infectious disease control at GGD Kennemerland
  • Mel Skipp, Carnival Corporation and plc, Senior Manager Health Policy

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