Supported by GHD/EMPHNET, the National Institute of Health (NIH) Pakistan recently conducted two training workshops on incident command management systems (ICMS) in the provinces of Islamabad and Karachi between July 10 and 17, 2019.
Each training targeted public health professionals, from the afore-mentioned provinces, from various Emergency Response Units (ERU) working as first responders on rapid assessment and response to outbreaks. These participants were public health officers, applied epidemiology professionals, veterinarians, and laboratory personnel.
The workshops’ sessions were designed to enhance the participants’ capacities in basic principles and functions of ICMS during outbreaks and other health emergencies. Specific topics covered included crisis management, risk communication and management, public health risks assessment, and topics relevant to incident action plans and emergency operations plan, among others. There were also sessions pertaining to soft skills such as leadership, time management, problem analysis and solving, and teamwork.
These training workshops fall within a continuous collaboration between GHD/EMPHNET and NIH Pakistan in various areas of public health. Within this collaboration, a follow up meeting also took place at NIH, with the HR and IT staff to discuss developing an electronic training database that will enable NIH to manage and track training at national and provincial levels. Another meeting took place to discuss the development of future training and capacity building within a collaboration between GHD/EMPHNET and NIH Pakistan.