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EMRO: Evaluation of training needs in epidemiology in Morocco

WHO is collaborating with the Moroccan Ministry of Health to assess the needs for epidemiological training among the staff working at regional and peripheral levels. The purpose is to map the current human resources in this surveillance system, evaluate the impact of epidemiological training already received and identify the gaps. The project should also suggest ways to provide training in applied epidemiology. The work started with a survey targeting all 16 Moroccan regions followed by a visit to a selected number of Moroccan regions in January 2011. Future plans include establishing a strategic plan for training in epidemiology and developing training curricula.

SEARO: Bhutan: Core capacity assessment at points of entry

A core capacity assessment mission was carried out in Bhutan from 12 to 22 March 2011 at selected points of entry: Paro international airport and Phuentsholing Bhutan-India ground crossing. The assessment was carried out by the Ministry of Health in Bhutan, in collaboration with SEARO, the WHO Country Office in Bhutan, the team for ports, airports and ground crossings of the IHR Department from WHO headquarters as well as the International Civil Aviation Organization. The objective was to assess the core capacities at Points of Entry in line with International Health Regulation requirements and provide recommendations to develop a national IHR action plan. The key findings will form the basis for developing capacity-building action plans at these two selected points of entry. The methodology adopted in the assessment process was the:

In addition, for the airport, the ICAO CAPSCA (Cooperative Arrangement for the Prevention of Spread of Communicable disease through Air travel) checklist was used.

WPRO: Response to Japan emergency

Following the 9.0-magnitude earthquake that occurred on 11 March in Japan, the subsequent tsunamis and nuclear accidents, WPRO and its global network of experts have been working with the Japanese authorities, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and WHO HQ to diligently monitor developments and gather updated information and best risk assessment results. Regular situation updates provide the latest results on the nuclear facilities, food safety, drinking water and environmental monitoring.