HEPSA – health emergency preparedness self-assessment tool, User guide
ECDC launched the HEPSA (Health Emergency Preparedness Self-Assessment) tool, in order to support countries in improving their level of public health emergency preparedness. The tool is worksheet-based and is targeted at professionals in public health organisations responsible for emergency planning and event management. It consists of seven domains that define the process of public health emergency preparedness and response: 1) Pre-event preparations and governance; 2) Resources: Trained workforce; 3) Support capacity: Surveillance; 4) Support capacity: Risk assessment; 5) Event response management; 6) Post-event review; 7) Implementation of lessons learned.
The HEPSA tool (available under 'publication data' below) is complemented by this user guide, which provides basic information on the self-assessment process, and an evaluation form.
The tool is now available in all EU/EEA languages.
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ECDC’s HEPSA preparedness self-assessment tool is now available in all EU/EEA languages
The HEPSA (Health Emergency Preparedness Self-Assessment) tool that ECDC launched in 2018 in English is now available in all EU/EEA languages. This tool aims at supporting countries in improving their level of public health emergency preparedness.
Community and institutional public health emergency preparedness synergies - enablers and barriers
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Health emergency preparedness for imported cases of high-consequence infectious diseases
Towards One Health preparedness
24 May 2018 - In order to further explore and identify priority areas for action for strengthening One Health preparedness in Europe, ECDC convened an expert consultation on 11–12 December 2017. This report summarises the key conclusions from this consultation.
Preparedness aims to minimise the risks posed by communicable diseases and mitigate their impact during a public health emergency, regardless of the scale (local, regional, national, European). This requires the capacities and capabilities for effective planning, coordination, early detection, assessment, investigation, response to and communication in public health emergencies.Read more