Empowering the Public Health Workforce
In working to strengthen capacities of the public health workforce in the region, GHD|EMPHNET supported Morocco's Ministry of Health (MOH) in training public health professionals in rapid response teams, among other areas. GHD|EMPHNET also supports the Morocco Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) by providing training for its residents and graduates and facilitating research as well as learning opportunities.
Enhancing Routine Immunization Services
Since 2017, GHD|EMPHNET has been working with the MOH towards strengthening the surveillance of Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) throughout the country. This collaboration was initiated to respond to the MOH’s need to enhance the capacities of surveillance officers at national, subnational level, provincial, and district level in AFP and other vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs) surveillance. An important outcome of this collaboration was digitalizing the country's AFP/VPDs notification system.
Supporting COVID-19 Response
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CDC Africa launched a Partnership to Accelerate COVID-19 Testing (PACT) initiative in August 2020. The PACT initiative aims to strengthen capacity to test for COVID-19 across Africa, with emphasis on countries that have only minimal capacity. In Morocco, GHD|EMPHNET in collaboration with African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) and CDC Africa spearheaded the implementation of a community contact tracing strategy that supported contact tracing efforts and other surveillance functions.
Strengthening Border Health
In collaboration with the MOH, GHD|EMPHNET is planning to support Morocco's borders and port staff carrying out an effective emergency planning and response process through training that uses context-adapted Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Global Border Health materials. In addition, GHD|EMPHNET also aims to support Morocco to forecast communicable disease spread based on population movement and prioritize priority Points of Entry (POEs) which are considered higher risk for public health issues.