Turkey boosts country capacity skills for emergency preparedness and response

Ceyhan Molla/Izmir 112 Ambulance Service

WHO/Europe’s training for health emergency managers in Turkey in November 2014 concluded with a simulation exercise.

As public health and humanitarian crises demand stronger coping capacity from countries, Turkey has been working to improve the skills of those managing emergencies in the areas of health, emergency and border control, with support from WHO/Europe.

Following a five-day national course on Public Health and Emergency Management (PHEM), twenty-seven senior managers from Turkey have been trained as health emergency managers. Those who participated are now able to design and implement national projects to strengthen the health system’ s emergency preparedness and risk management capacities. WHO/Europe conducted the course on 24-29 November 2014 at the International Urla Emergency Disaster Training and Simulation Center in Izmir, Turkey.

Specific topics addressed in the training included public health in emergencies, emergency management and coordination, incident and information management, emergency preparedness and the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005). Participants had the opportunity to apply the newly acquired knowledge and skills in one-day simulation exercise.

This workshop is particularly important in view of the need to scale up capacity building for emergency preparedness and response under the IHR 2005. The final deadline for countries to implement the IHR is 2016.