At both the regional and international levels, public health is becoming more dynamic due to continuous changes in the world’s economic, demographic, political, and social profiles. Enhanced collaboration to link inter-country resources is crucial to confront health challenges posed by these changes.
Realizing this need, the Afghanistan Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and GHD/EMPHNET signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU). The MoU was signed on September 23, 2018, by the Minister of Public Health Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz and the Executive Director of GHD/EMPHNET Dr. Mohannad Al-Nsour.
Under this MoU, both parties will utilize collective efforts and exchange of resources with the purpose of improving public health status in Afghanistan. Collaboratively, they will work towards enhancing the management of common public health problems and threats, as well as the eventual improvement of population health outcomes in the country.
GHD/EMPHNET will support the MoPH in the latter’s establishment of the Afghanistan Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP), the country’s own FETP. Furthermore, both parties will continue running existing projects: activities in routine immunization with the National Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI), enhancement of community engagement to increase vaccine demand, and Congenital Rubella Syndrome (CRS) surveillance.
GHD/EMPHNET will also support the MoPH in enhancing public health competences at the Ministry. Both parties will collaboratively implement activities in the areas of applied epidemiology, polio & immunization , disease surveillance, public health research, emergency preparedness and response, capacity building, and knowledge exchange in the area of public health.