Training at Epicentre

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Epicentre has a recognized established reputation in providing field epidemiology training programs on ‘Populations in Precarious Situations’(PSP) and ‘Response to Epidemics’ (RepEpis).

These trainings are held in Europe, but for several years now Epicentre also organises these trainings in cities close to the MSF field missions: PSP and RepEpis training adapted to the local field trainees and circumstances.

These programs contribute to higher quality field work.

Training topics

  • Basic tools and methods of epidemiology; 
  • Nutritional, vaccines, and mortality surveys; 
  • Rapid assessment in emergency situations and definition of health priorities;
  • Investigation and response to epidemics;
  • Epidemiological surveillance; and
  • User training on software created by Epicentre (FUCHIA).

Courses

  • Populations in Precarious Situations (PSP) – 12 days
Objective: to prepare MSF personnel to respond to emergency humanitarian situations. 
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  • Response to Epidemics – 5 days
Objective: to provide information (current data and future outlooks) and tools to enable participants to be alert and ready to respond to diseases with epidemic potential. 
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  • Ad hoc briefing days in response of emergencies, such as measles of cholera outbreaks
  • FUCHIA software – 5 days
Objective: to prepare trainees to use the software to collect and process health data (HIV/AIDS).
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Epicentre also contributes to international public health, tropical medicine, and field epidemiology courses in universities as well as trainings held by its partner institutes such as the Institut Pasteur, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, EPIET, etc. Epicentre also provides EPIET and public health students the opportunity to do internship at Epicentre as part of their training.

Example of a recent training 

‘Assessment and Response to Emergencies and Epidemics’ (AREE). On-site training. Maiduguri. March 2017.

This AREE training, organised for MSF-France staff, in Borno State, Nigeria, is novel in the following aspects:

  • It was organised in the field, as close as possible to the projects where the participants were based. All participants were   national staff;
  • Some practical exercises were conducted as part of the project, such as the initial evaluation in a camp for internally displaced people.;
  • The case studies were created or adapted to the Maiduguri context
  • All course instructors were familiar the context of the project.