MediPIET Cohort 4 starting under the EU Initiative for Health Security
The MediPIET Cohort 4 started its training on 15 September 2021, including 16 Fellows from 11 partner countries of the EU Initiative for Health Security. They will be trained together with fellows who are part of the ECDC Fellowship Programme Cohort 2021, and who follow the field epidemiology path (EPIET), the public health microbiology path (EUPHEM), and the EPIET-associated programmes (EAP).
The Work Package 1 of the EU Initiative for Health Security, which is entitled workforce-oriented capacity-building (MediPIET), aims to continue and further develop the Mediterranean and Black Sea Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training (MediPIET) as a Field Epidemiology Training Programme. The countries training fellows in Cohort 4 of MediPIET are Albania, Armenia, Georgia, Kosovo*, Lebanon, Moldova, North Macedonia, Palestine**, Serbia, Tunisia, and Ukraine.
With MediPIET as an integral part of the EU Initiative on Health Security, ECDC will engage the MediPIET network into further capacity building activities offered by ECDC as part of other work packages, such as those focusing on epidemic intelligence, rapid risk assessment, preparedness and response. The network members can also support their respective countries’ integration into ECDC’s activities through the specific work package aiming at bringing partner countries closer to ECDC.
* 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.
** 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.
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