Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME:
Within the framework of the Department of Communicable Disease Prevention and Control, in coordination with other Departments, the Public Health Laboratories (PHL) unit works to provide technical support to Member States in establishing functional national and regional networks of laboratories for communicable diseases. In collaboration with Member States, international organizations, NGOs and other partners, PHL aims to promote and develop regional laboratory capacities for prevention and control of communicable diseases and monitoring of drug resistance; to strengthen laboratory surveillance and response capacities of the Member States; to improve public health laboratories preparedness for emerging or re-emerging infectious diseases; to provide technical guidance and support to safe, accurate and rapid detection and verification of infectious disease outbreaks or any other public health events of international concern, as well as other emerging public health threats; to ensure that the Member States achieve the minimum laboratory core capacities required for strengthening national and regional surveillance alert and response systems in accordance with the International Health Regulations 2005 (IHR, 2005).
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:
The incumbent will perform the following duties:
Build capacities of public health laboratories through assessment, missions and organizing trainings of the following:
Collaborate with member States to address the recommendations and findings of the International Health regulations 2005 (IHR, 2005) Joint External Evaluations and its related national plans of action for health security.
Provide technical guidance to health laboratories with troubleshooting in laboratory work and introduce new methods and techniques.