9 countries in south-eastern Europe and central Asia improve skills to manage public health emergencies

WHO

32 senior government officials in south-eastern Europe and central Asia are better prepared to manage health emergencies following their participation in the Public Health Emergency Management (PHEM) training course organized by WHO/Europe in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova on 28 September–2 October 2015.

As health emergencies multiply and become more and more challenging, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan engaged to strengthen the capacity of their national health systems to deal with major public health events. Mrs Aliona Serbulenco, Deputy Minister of Health in the Republic of Moldova, highlighted the timeliness and importance of these trainings.

The course addressed expert staff working in or training on health emergencies. It highlighted the importance of working across sectors and coordinating with key stakeholders. A wide range of training techniques with trainees' active participation was used, including case studies, group work and lectures followed by discussions, and a simulation exercise at the National Centre for Public Health.

WHO/Europe has trained over 200 participants from more than 20 countries in PHEM courses since 2008.