Support for health alerts

In the event of a major health crisis, Epiconcept places its teams at the disposal of public health authorities. Its support can cover a wide range of the response to the crisis: setting up a coordination approach, epidemiological surveillance, tracing cases and contacts, data collection and transmission, data management and analysis, scientific communication, etc.

Some examples:

  • 2009 - Influenza pandemic in Europe: the I-MOVE programme was adapted to evaluate the effectiveness and impact ofinfluenza A (H1N1) vaccines. In collaboration with the Santé Publique France teams, Epiconcept implemented the National web monitoring system for cases & contacts cases.  
  • 2010 - Earthquake and cholera outbreak in Haiti: under the leadership of the WHO Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) and in close collaboration with the Haitian Ministry of Health, an Epiconcept epidemiologist was delegated for one month to coordinate the Cholera surveillance and alert system. GOARN teams were responsible for clinical management, epidemiology, infection prevention, information management, risk communication and logistics.
  • 2014 - Ebola outbreak in West Africa: Epiconcept brought support for epidemic surveillance under the leadership of the WHO Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN). At the WHO country office in Conakry, Guinea, epidemiologists participated in the collection, centralisation and analysis of surveillance data on cases and deaths of virus infections. In addition to surveillance activities, the Epiconcept team participated in the investigation of confirmed cases.
  • 2016: meningitis epidemic in Niger: Epiconcept supported the investigation of the meningococcal meningitis epidemic in Niger in 2016-2017 by conducting a study to measure the effectiveness of the vaccines used.

 

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