Between February 13 and 14, 2019, GHD/EMPHNET and the National Center of Disease Control (NCDC) of Libya organized a stakeholders’ meeting aimed at developing the country’s national public health emergency response operation framework, including an emergency response plan (ERP), an emergency operations center (EOC), and rapid response teams (RRTs).
The meeting took place in Tunis, Tunisia. Representatives of the Libya Ministry of Health, the National Animal Health Center, University of Tripoli, University of Benghazi, Tunisia Ministry of Health, as well as the World Health Organization and UNICEF Libya offices attended the meeting.
During this meeting, participants discussed the recommended national multi-hazard country preparedness and response plan, with a focus on the health component. This included the National Public Health Emergency Response Plan, with its three major blocks: the incident command management system, the public health emergency operations center; and rapid response teams. Participants also discussed the importance of the availability of a national mechanism to build and maintain adequate capacities in field epidemiology at the three country administrative levels.
Furthermore, the meeting was devoted to reviewing the country situation in line with the Joint External Evaluation conducted in July 2018. Participants discussed the main findings and recommendations in relation to public health emergency response operations as well as workforce development. Participants also outlined an improvement plan to address priorities put forth by the JEE.
A recommendation was also put forth for options for launching a national Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) as well as a Public Health Empowerment Program (PHEP) to produce required public health capacities at the various country administrative levels.