EU Initiative on Health Security
The EU Initiative on Health Security aims to set up a regional workforce responsible for the prevention and control of challenges posed by communicable diseases and enhancing regional cooperation to tackle cross-border health security threats in EU candidate and potential candidates countries and European Neighbourhood Policy partner countries.
Implementation and results
The implementation is structured around three technical Work Packages to deliver the key results:
- Workforce-oriented capability-building;
- Epidemic intelligence, risk assessment, preparedness and response; and
- Integration into ECDC systems, knowledge-sharing, and networking.
Work Package 1: Workforce-oriented capacity-building (MediPIET)
Expected result 1: Continuation and further development of the Mediterranean and Black Sea Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training (MediPIET) as Field Epidemiology Training Programme
- Training resources and needs analysis;
- Training of two successive cohorts of fellows to support field epidemiology capacity in the partner countries;
- Strengthening the MediPIET network, by promoting ownership and maintaining quality of training;
- Digitalisation of MediPIET training modules through the use of existing ECDC online platforms; and
- Increasing sustainability by creating a training cascade effect in the partner countries.
Work Package 2: Epidemic intelligence, risk assessment, preparedness and response
Expected result 2: Stronger countries’ systems and capacities necessary to effectively assess, detect, respond, and prevent threats from communicable diseases.
Expected result 3: Enhanced regional cooperation in the field of preparedness, response, and emergency operations.
- Conducting assessments of partner country capacities following procedures and methodologies of ECDC;
- Strengthening Epidemic Intelligence in partner countries;
- Empowering partner country experts to perform comprehensive Risk Assessment; and
- Raising the level of preparedness and coherence of response to Public Health Emergencies.
Work Package 3: Integration into ECDC systems, knowledge-sharing, and networking
Expected result 4: Progressive integration of the partner countries in the work of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
- Integration of partner countries into ECDC systems;
- Observership for annual ECDC meetings of National Focal Points for public health functions; and
- Knowledge-sharing on topics related to Public Health.
Project partners: Southern Neighbourhood (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine*, and Tunisia), Eastern Neighbourhood (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine) and EU Enlargement countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo**, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Turkey).
* This designation shall not be construed as recognition of a State of Palestine and is without prejudice to the individual positions of the Member States on this issue.
**This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.