EU and AU sign partnership to scale up preparedness for health emergencies
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) is today launching a new four-year partnership initiative in order to enhance mutual engagement and contribute to durably strengthening Africa CDC capacities in preparedness and response to health threats.
Infection prevention and control and preparedness for COVID-19 in healthcare settings - fifth update
This document aims to provide guidance to EU/EEA healthcare facilities and healthcare providers on infection prevention and control (IPC) measures for the management of suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection in healthcare settings, including long-term care facilities. It also offers guidance on the management of specimens at laboratories in the EU/EEA.
Guidelines for the implementation of non-pharmaceutical interventions against COVID-19
These ECDC guidelines detail available options for NPI in various epidemiologic scenarios, assess the evidence for their effectiveness and address implementation issues, including potential barriers and facilitators.
Conducting in-action and after-action reviews of the public health response to COVID-19
This document aims to support the implementation of after-action reviews (AARs) and in-action reviews (IARs) focused on the public health response to COVID-19.
New EU Initiative on Health Security for the EU neighbours
A five-year agreement to implement a new EU Initiative on Health Security to enhance public health preparedness and response capacities of the European Union enlargement and the European Neighbourhood Policy partner countries has been signed between ECDC and the European Commission. The total funding will be 9 million euros.
Country visit to Ireland to discuss policies relating to antimicrobial resistance
ECDC and the European Commission's Directorate General for Health and Food Safety jointly carried out this country visit to Ireland from 7 to 11 October 2019. The visit was carried out following the invitation from the competent authorities to assist them in the development and implementation of their national strategy for tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR) based on a 'One Health' approach.
Guidance for health system contingency planning during widespread transmission of SARS-CoV-2 with high impact on healthcare services
This document aims to support public health preparedness planning and response activities when advising healthcare services on approaches on how to increase capacity for managing COVID-19 cases in the context of widespread sustained SARS-CoV-2 transmission in a particular community.
Novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) - Discharge criteria for confirmed COVID-19 cases
This document suggests criteria to be considered when deciding whether a confirmed COVID-19 case can be safely (i.e. without being infectious) discharged from hospital or released from home isolation.
Checklist for hospitals preparing for the reception and care of coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) patients
This document supports the public health preparedness planning for hospitals with regard to novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
This checklist is based on the current knowledge of the COVID-19 outbreak and the evidence available.
ECDC will update this checklist should new relevant information become available.
Guidance on community engagement for public health events caused by communicable disease threats in the EU/EEA
This guidance on community engagement for public health emergency preparedness is intended for public health authorities in EU/EEA Member States. It is meant to provide step-by-step technical support to Member States who are initiating or professionalising their core community engagement capacity. The guidance is organised according to the three core stages of the preparedness cycle: anticipation, response, and recovery.