Strengthening Infectious Disease Surveillance
GHD|EMPHNET supported the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) and the National Agricultural Research Center (NARC) in enhancing the surveillance of brucellosis in Pakistan. GHD|EMPHNET also collaborated with the National Institute of Health (NIH) in the implementation of the Global Health Security Agenda prevent avoidable epidemics and reduce the likelihood of outbreaks including natural, accidental, or intentional; to ensure early detection of threats; and to respond rapidly and effectively to biological threats of international concern.
Supporting Emergency Preparedness and Response
GHD|EMPHNET has collaborated with the NIH on a series of activities with the purpose of building capacities within the Public Health Emergency Operations Center (PHEOC). These activities included training workshops on the Incident Command Management System (ICMS) to reinforce the capacities of public health professionals from Islamabad and Karachi on the basic principles and functions of ICMS during outbreaks and other health emergencies. In collaboration with GHD|EMPHNET, the NIH also created a team of trainers, in areas of risk communication during outbreaks and other health emergencies. These trainers are health professionals and media staff members at the NIH and preventive health departments at provincial level
Supporting Pakistan’s Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program
GHD|EMPHNET's regional network for Field Epidemiology Training Programs (FETPs), EMPHNET, supports the Pakistan Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (FELTP) by facilitating professional and learning opportunities for residents and graduates.
Initiating a New Collaboration: Strengthening Routine Immunization Microplanning
In 2021, GHD|EMPHNET began supporting Pakistan in operationalizing routine immunization micro-plans in selected regions to ensure the availability of immunization services especially in hard-to-reach areas of the country. With support from GHD|EMPHNET, Pakistan is empowering immunization workers with the skills needed to prepare and implement microplans to enhance RI service delivery. So far, two priority provinces have been targeted: Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.