Trainex Sofia – Training and simulation exercise in Bulgaria

17 May 2016 - 20 May 2016
Sofia, Bulgaria

​Trainex Sofia was a training and simulation exercise involving participants from 27 countries

This event was organised by ECDC and hosted by the Ministry of Health of Bulgaria. It focused on a two-day training course to strengthen knowledge and skills for planning and conducting simulation exercises. This was followed by a two-day simulation exercise aimed at testing public health emergency preparedness to a major outbreak of mosquito-borne viral disease, of both national and international dimension.
Senior preparedness and response experts from health and non-health sectors were participating in this event. The 27 countries represented included several EU member states, as well as EU enlargement countries and European Neighbourhood Policy partner countries. The participating countries were mainly from the Mediterranean basin and the Balkan region. Participants also included experts from the World Health Organisation, the European Commission and ECDC. The training course and simulation exercise were led by Public Health England, in the context of a framework contract with ECDC.
The training course in Sofia built on the ECDC ‘Handbook on simulation exercises in EU public health settings’. The Trainex Sofia event provided an opportunity for countries to share experiences and best practices on how to respond individually and collectively to the challenges of a cross border health threat.