EMPHNET conducted a Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) Training Workshop in Luxor, Egypt between April 24 and 28 of 2016. This training comes as part of EMPHNET’s aim to train qualified individuals in Egypt to perform rapid, coordinated epidemiological investigations, assessments, and responses to disease outbreaks and natural disasters at regional and national levels.
The trainees were primarily health professionals working in veterinary medicine, laboratories, surveillance, preventative medicine, vector control, and epidemiology. There were 22 trainees who came from different cities across Egypt: Asyut, Minya, Aswan, and Luxor. The training also saw the attendance of representatives of the Egyptian Ministry of Health, in both Cairo and Luxor.
The intensive workshop focused on a number of core topics related to RRTS: composition, standards of conduct, outbreak investigation, and innovative surveillance and EpiCore. Other issues discussed included biosecurity in field, case findings, contact tracing, and line listing. These topics were presented in interactive activities to ensure the successful participations of the trainees.
EMPHNET’s training is the first in a series of country-specific activities which are planned to be held in Egypt for the purpose of strengthening the country’s capacity for disease detection and outbreak response.