Enhancing Global Health Security: Strengthening Public Health Surveillance Systems and Preparedness Globally

ICAP at Columbia University is launching a national surveillance program that will address gaps in Georgia’s public health system by tracking the presence of SARS-CoV-2 and other pathogens through wastewater-based surveillance.  

ICAP will also support a regional community of practice on respiratory disease surveillance, where participants from Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan will receive in-person training. Participants from other countries in the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) region will be invited to participate in monthly online discussion sessions. Additionally, in collaboration with the CDC and Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET), ICAP will support a regional Intermediate Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) for public health and veterinary specialists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine, which will aim to build epidemiologic and public health capacity and ensure there are experts who can address major health threats when they arise.

In between these workshops, FETP participants will conduct field activities in their home country, including rapid needs assessments, evaluations, field investigations, and surveillance monitoring. In addition to supporting activities related to strategic planning, network strengthening, sustainability, and institutionalization of the training program, ICAP will support virtual professional development activities for the FETP alumni network. 




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