EMPHNET is committed to achieving better health for people in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR). Our ultimate goal is to contribute to enhanced populations’ health status in the region by promoting capabilities through training in applied epidemiology; improving surveillance and disease outbreak investigation; partnering and exchanging expertise with associations, institutions, networks and organizations that hold similar views; participating in public health interventions that fulfil needs and meet challenges; and promoting and supporting applied public health research in response to public health challenges and needs.
Driven by the need to improve public health in the EMR, we contribute to creating a regional public health workforce and continue to seek new opportunities to create momentum for change. We believe that optimal performance and availability of quality data are necessary for building strong public health systems that can reduce human suffering throughout the region. We also believe that establishing a regional network of public health professionals and epidemiologists is valuable for enhancing regional and global health security. In thinking strategically, we seek to direct regional efforts for bringing together public health practitioners, researchers and policy makers through collaboration, exchange and support of effective public health strategies.
Our Strategic Framework
We constructed our strategic framework to reflect a solid base, design, and integration between our different work areas, functions, public health methods, and strategies that lead to achieving the goals toward our vision. Our strategic framework is topped with our vision and overall goal. Its base includes our work areas, functions, and the methods we use to reach our vision.
Our Working Areas: Our scope is broad. It includes areas that cover communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases, health security, applied epidemiology, policy and research, management and leadership, and women’s health. These are considered the building blocks for our strategic framework.
Our Functions: Functions can be seen to be clusters of associated activities or duties, which contribute to the larger whole (of public health). The functions in our framework suggest the actual work that occurs in day-to-day practice. These functions represent the operation of the working areas which are our building blocks. Our functions entail improving services, health promotion, training & education, research, cost effectiveness, and health protection.
Public Health Methods: We identify public health methods as procedures and techniques that are incorporated into public health skills as an approach to assist in accomplishing public health functions. The methods that we identified are elements that enhance the overall effectiveness of public health delivery, and include working collaboratively, advocating for public health issues, providing leadership and working with communities.
As a growing network of epidemiologists in the region, EMPHNET reflects a mission that encourages information sharing, capacity building, and scientific inquiry. In this context, we continue to use knowledge exchange as a cooperative effort for supporting the use and development of information and research. We strive to provide capacity building opportunities in topics of high relevance to the needs of the countries and the region, such as: rapid response, data analysis, management and leadership, vital registration, prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, health security, outbreak investigations, and others. We provide knowledge sharing in a simple, accessible, innovative and challenging manner, and respond to population public health needs by drawing on best practices, while constantly seeking and creating skills sharing and knowledge exchange opportunities.
We acknowledge public health advancement as a critical element in building and sustaining a successful public health system. We stay committed to providing opportunities that promote building an information network that supports an evidence-based learning environment. In this domain, we work with public health experts to tailor training activities to meet a demand or need while promoting scientific and research attributes, and we continue to invest our efforts in attempting to deliver state-of-the-art training and information in public health and epidemiology.
Our Networking Platform
We bring solutions by strengthening our networking capacity. We build regional knowledge and collaborations between individuals and institutions that focus on public health. To do so, we offer a networking platform that focuses on 1) building national and regional capacities to capitalize on knowledge exchange, 2) linking and connecting people and institutions to foster collaborations that can generate new knowledge or provide that which is available, 3) identifying regional or international partners to address and respond to public health challenges with special focus on emerging needs, and 4) seeking partners to creating new initiatives. Our Networking Platform guides us:
• Capitalizing on knowledge exchange
• Investing in partnerships
• Addressing public health challenges
• Developing new initiatives
Where We Work
As a non-governmental organization (NGO), EMPHNET is highly regarded by partners and ministries of health throughout the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR). We are highly dedicated to improving the health status of populations in our region by working in partnership with ministries of health (MOH), other NGOs, international agencies, the private sector, universities and other public health regional and international institutions. Our aim is to promote public health and applied epidemiology. We support a network of Field Epidemiology Training Programs (FETPs) in the region through technical and programmatic assistance. We currently support FETP programs in 8 countries: Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen; and we seek to establish connection with countries in the region to establish new FETPs. Our regional work extends to non-FETP countries as we strive to engage government and non-governmental officials from the 22 countries of our region in national and regional activities.