SAFETYNET was incorporated in August 2009 as a non-stock, non-profit organization to foster collaboration and cooperation among countries by supporting applied epidemiology programs and enhancing surveillance systems in the Asia Pacific region.
Introductory Course on Surveillance, Outbreak Investigation and Response,
The Cambodian Applied Epidemiology Training (AET) project began training its second cohort with an introductory didactic course on surveillance, outbreak investigation and response on February 13 – March 7, 2012 in Phnom Penh. Ten staff members from provincial and district health departments, Hospital Services Department, Food Safety Bureau and the National Veterinary Research Institute attended the introductory didactic course together with five AET Officers who will undergo six months of on-the-job training.
The course consisted of lectures, demonstrations, case studies, group discussions, role play, a field exercise and mock outbreak investigation led by course facilitators Drs. Maria Consorcia Quizon and Justin Denny of South Asia Field Epidemiology and Technology Network, Inc. (SAFETYNET). Participants found the course relevant to their jobs and recommended that all Rapid Response Team members undergo similar training in the future.
The first cohort was completed from February to August 2011 and was composed of five provincial Rapid Response Team members. Professor Eng Huot, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Health, handed out the certificates of completion during the graduation ceremony on August 19, 2011. The event marked a milestone in the Ministry of Health's efforts to strengthen surveillance and response capacity in order to meet the requirements of the new International Health Regulations (IHR 2005).