Building Field Epidemiology Capacities
In 2017 and with support from GHD|EMPHNET, the Tunisia FETP in its one-year, intermediate modality was launched. In five years, the program contributed to strengthening capacities of the public health workforce in disease detection, outbreak investigations, as well preparedness and response to public health threats.
Focusing on Biorisk Management
Alongside its support to the Tunisia FETP, GHD|EMPHNET is also working with its partners in the country in biorisk management. GHD|EMPHNET conducted a regional biosecurity and biosafety management symposium in the form of a collaboration between the Libya National Center for Disease Control and the Tunisia Ministry of Environment and Local Affairs. This collaboration was executed through a twinning initiative between relevant parties in Libya and Tunisia who worked to share experiences. The collective effort of all parties involved is expected to result in the implementation of the biosafety and biosecurity best practices.
Enhancing Emergency Preparedness and Response
To enhance rapid response, GHD|EMPHNET and the Ministry of Health managed to conduct large-scale Rapid Response Teams (RRT) training workshops in 2017 and 2018, targeting Tunisia's twenty-four governorates.
Starting in July 2020, GHD|EMPHNET will provide the needed support and coaching to Libyan and Tunisian ministries of health and other cross-border related entities to update and/or develop their joint cross border public health emergency response operational plan that addresses the ongoing crisis in Libya.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Africa CDC has recently launched the Partnership to Accelerate COVID-19 Testing (PACT) initiative in August 2020. PACT aims to strengthen the capacity for testing COVID-19 across Africa, with emphasis on countries that have only minimal capacity. In Tunisia, GHD|EMPHNET in collaboration with the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) implemented a community contact tracing strategy that supported contact tracing efforts and other surveillance functions.