Epidemiology in complex emergencies course

Epidemiology in complex emergencies course

Fondation Mérieux, CORDS and EpiConcept have been organizing a 5-day course on epidemiology in complex emergencies, from 19 to 23 June 2017, at Les Pensières, Annecy (France), This event held  at Fondation Mérieux’ conference centre have been supported from Skolls Global Threats Fund, US Centres for Diseases Control and Prevention, WHO, Médecins Sans frontièrs, Epicentre. 

The objective of the course was to strengthen participant’s knowledge and skills related to the response of communicable disease outbreaks affecting a country in the context of a complex emergency situation.This course aimed to prepare epidemiologists to contribute to the multidisciplinary and international response to complex emergencies, and to apply their epidemiological skills to serve public health interventions. 23 participants from 16 countries and the six CORDS networks and three others took part at the course. SECID was represented by four specialists: two participants from Albania, one from Bosnia and Herzegovina and one from Montenegro.

Training methods used at the course: Short lectures on epidemiological principles and methods used in Complex Emergencies; Interactive case studies in small groups; Challenges, aiming at making the participants face real-life situations; Movies; Round tables. Two main scenarios have been used in all training activities: the Haiti earthquake and subsequent cholera outbreak and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

A core group of three facilitators with experience in complex emergencies have been present during the five days of the course. Other experts have joined the course according to their field of expertise. Facilitators included experts from national public health institutes, UN agencies, international organisations and NGOs.