The safe management and control of an infectious disease emergency (IDE) is early recognition, prompt isolation of the patient(s), and rapid alert of public health authorities. Training has an important role in this context and healthcare professionals, the group most likely to be initially exposed to an IDE and thus responsible for its recognition, should benefit from training that is both targeted and standardized. In September 2006 the National Institute for infectious diseases, L Spallanzani, Rome was awarded a grant from the European Commission for the training of front-line healthcare professionals from EU member states, candidate countries and EEA/EFTA countries. A course was developed in conjunction with experts from five European countries (France, Germany, Greece, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the main partner Italy) with the intention of creating a network of trained specialists which will facilitate communication and collaboration among European Countries in the challenging years to come.
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In September 2006 the National Institute for Infectious Diseases, L Spallanzani (Rome, Italy) was awarded a grant by the European Commission under agreement number 2005202 to train front-line health professionals from EU member states, candidate countries and EEA/EFTA countries. The train-the-trainer course, entitled European Training in Infectious Disease Emergencies (ETIDE), was developed in conjunction with experts from five European countries (France, Germany, Sweden, Greece and the UK as well as the main partner, Italy) in response to a call for capacity building through the development of ‘training programmes and training material relevant to public health involving a variety of specialist services dealing with laboratory issues, first line clinical diagnosis issues, infection control, and emergency management’.
This work is supported by the EC grant ETIDE (2005202). The auhtors declare the absence of any conflicting or dual interests.
- Healthcare professionals
- Highly infectious diseases
- Infectious disease emergencies