ECDC has published ECDC signs Collaboration Agreement with the European Public Health Association.
On 18th January 2017, ECDC welcomed a high-level delegation from the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) consisting of its president Dr Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat, past-president professor Martin McKee, EUPHA executive director Dineke Zeegers Paget and president of the Infectious Diseases Control Section of EUPHA Dr Aura Timen. The purpose of the visit was to sign a collaboration agreement, aiming to coordinate and strengthen joint professional efforts towards prevention and control of communicable diseases.
The visit provided the opportunity for fruitful discussion on synergies and joint activities in generic public health functions and specific diseases. Among areas identified for collaborative work were preparedness, workforce development and capacity-building, communication and priority areas within disease programmes, particularly vaccine hesitancy; antimicrobial resistance and healthcare-associated infections; and environmental health and vector-borne diseases.
ECDC and EUPHA discussed holding joint sessions and workshops at the annual European Public Health Conference and ESCAIDE. The 10th EPH Conference and ESCAIDE will both be held in Stockholm this year, on 1-4 November and 6-8 November respectively.
ECDC welcomes this opportunity to formalise its partnership with EUPHA and looks forward to continuing a mutually beneficial cooperation.