Training Initiatives within the AFHSC-Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System: Support for IHR (2005)
ARMED FORCES HEALTH SURVEILLANCE CENTER SILVER SPRING MD
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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. militarys 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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