At the Center of Excellence for Applied Epidemiology, GHD|EMPHNET works with several countries in using information technology to improve public health services. GHD|EMPHNET supports the implementation of appropriate solutions to understand and help overcome public health challenges, the development and design of solutions and tools to enhance applied epidemiological investigations, and the incorporation of technology in research and training for public health.
GHD|EMPHNET’s technological know-how has enabled it to collaborate with different partners in the region and beyond toward contributing to core public health functions. GHD|EMPHNET provided support to countries in using technology to solve public health challenges; enhance the practices of field epidemiology; digitalize notification systems; improve operational research; empower public health professionals; and promote knowledge exchange and networking.
GHD|EMPHNET developed an online Learning Management System to respond to training needs of Field Epidemiology Training Programs in the region. This system is designed to provide some of the FETP training requirements online, and so addresses geographical and other barriers that make face-to-face training sometimes a challenge. The platform provides a free, self-paced learning experience in Arabic and English. Programs and courses available on this platform focus on priority public health areas for the region.
Technology in Public Health Services
GHD|EMPHNET’s technological know-how has enabled it to collaborate with different partners in the region towards increasing the efficiency of operations in various functions of public health. One such collaboration brought the Moroccan Ministry of Health (MOH) together with GHD|EMPHNET to enhance the surveillance of Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) and other Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPDs) throughout the country. A component of the project included providing support for the MOH in digitalizing its current manual AFP notification system, and so enabling the latter to provide timely alerts regarding AFP cases reported in both private and public hospitals in the country.
GHD|EMPHNET collaborated with the Iraq Ministry of Health and UNICEF to conduct a Cold- Chain Equipment Inventory Assessment (CCEIA) throughout the country, using a web-based, mobile data collection tool in response to the need of strengthening the immunization supply chain to support the country in achieving its goal for ensuring that vaccines are in the right place, condition, quantities, time, and cost.
GHD|EMPHNET joined forces with the WHO and UNICEF in developing a new Effective Vaccine Management (EVM) assessment package whereby countries can conduct an in-depth review of their facilities and consequently create a comprehensive improvement plan in line with this review. This new assessment is performed via an online platform, the EVM 2.0 software, which is designed to enable countries to self-manage their EVM assessment and other related EVM information.
GHD|EMPHNET supported Jordan Ministry of Health in establishing a harmonized Reproductive Health Registry in the country’s largest governorate, Mafraq, to create personalized care information on women throughout pregnancy and childbirth that can be easily accessed during antenatal visits, labor, delivery, and postnatal visits.
EpiShares, the Only Networking Platform for Public Health in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
GHD|EMPHNET used advancements in social media to develop its own networking platform "EpiShares." EpiShares joins public health professionals in a space where they can discuss issues and share information and experience relevant to public health in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. On EpiShares, public health experts, Field Epidemiology Training Programs' residents and graduates, or anyone who has an interest in public health for the region. This platform stands out as the only one of its kind in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. It is also the only networking platform that is open and free for all.