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Training initiatives within the AFHSC-Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System: support for IHR (2005)

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Author(s): Otto Jean | Baliga Priya | Sanchez Jose | Johns Matthew | Gray Gregory | Grieco John | Lescano Andres | Mothershead Jerry | Wagar Eric | Blazes David

Journal: BMC Public Health
ISSN 1471-2458

Volume: 11;
Issue: Suppl 2;
Start page: S5;
Date: 2011;
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ABSTRACT
Abstract Training is a key component of building capacity for public health surveillance and response, but has often been difficult to quantify. During fiscal 2009, the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, Division of Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System (AFHSC-GEIS) supported 18 partner organizations in conducting 123 training initiatives in 40 countries for 3,130 U.S. military, civilian and host-country personnel. The training assisted with supporting compliance with International Health Regulations, IHR (2005). Training activities in pandemic preparedness, outbreak investigation and response, emerging infectious disease (EID) surveillance and pathogen diagnostic techniques were expanded significantly. By engaging local health and other government officials and civilian institutions, the U.S. military’s role as a key stakeholder in global public health has been strengthened and has contributed to EID-related surveillance, research and capacity-building initiatives specified elsewhere in this issue. Public health and emerging infections surveillance training accomplished by AFHSC-GEIS and its Department of Defense (DoD) partners during fiscal 2009 will be tabulated and described.
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