ESCMID and ESCV supported 27 observers to visit the ECDC for 5 days!
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) hosted a group of 15 ESCMID members for the ESCMID ECDC Observership initiative between 5 - 9 September 2016 at ECDC’s headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Due to the large number of applicants, ESCMID decided to fund five more observers than originally planned and as in the past.
These fifteen ESCMID Observers were joined by twelve Observers from the European Society for Clinical Virology (ESCV) for a five-day orientation programme designed to introduce ECDC’s activities, role and mandate in supporting public health actions to control and prevent infectious disease in the EU and globally.
The 2016 programme covered the general activities of the Centre such as surveillance, microbiology support, production of scientific advice and epidemic intelligence to detect emerging communicable disease threats to the EU. Observers also received presentations on the work of specific programmes at the Centre addressing issues such as antimicrobial resistance, vaccine-preventable diseases and influenza. In addition to formal presentations, the Programme included several “hands-on” exercises including producing a rapid risk assessment on an infectious disease threat, analysing EU molecular surveillance data and developing public health guidance using evidence-based approaches. Throughout the programme, participants were encouraged to interact with ECDC experts and share common experiences and challenges within ECDC’s areas of competence.
The ESCMID Observers travelled to ECDC from all corners of the globe; in addition to welcoming observers from EU Member States, observers attended from Russia, Australia, Benin, US, India, Kenya, Mongolia, Brazil, Malaysia and Oman. Their visit reports are available on ESCMID’s web pages (ECDC as an ESCMID Collaborative Centre). This is the fourth year of the ESCMID ECDC observership initiative and the programme continues to expand- the 27 participants in 2016 is more than all previous year's participants combined, and feedback from both ECDC staff and ESCMID Observers continues to be positive. It is therefore hoped that the ECDC Observership programme will be repeated again in 2017.
ESCMID-supported observers to visit ECDC in 2016:
Dr Abdullah Al-Hatmi, Ibri, Oman
Dr Mahoutondji Yves Thierry Barogui, Abomey-Calavi, Benin
Wendy Beauvais, London, United Kingdom
Dr Alejandro Dorado Garcia, Utrecht, Netherlands
Dr Gereltuya Dorj, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Dr Karen Gail Hawke, South Australia, Australia
Dr Dewesh Kumar, Jodhpur, India
Dr Alexander Malogolovkin, Pokrov, Russian Federation
Anastasia Pavelkovich, Tallinn, Estonia
Dr Joao Perdigao, Lisbon, Portugal
Prof Ana Marli Sartori, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Dr Garyfallia Syridou, Marousi, Athens, Greece
Santosh Thapa, Fort Worth, TX, United States
Dr Paul Otieno Yonga, Nairobi, Kenya
Dr Rafdzah Ahmad Zaki, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia