Disease outbreaks and natural and man-made disasters pose severe threats to public health all over the world. Outbreak control, preparedness and response to public health emergencies are therefore needed on a global scale. The Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) is a partnership established by WHO to engage the resources of technical agencies beyond the United Nations for rapid identification, confirmation and response to public health emergencies of international importance. Over the past years, the activities of the WHO Collaborating Centre for GOARN at the RKI have contributed to improving the global operational infrastructure and strengthening capacity building for the response to disease outbreaks and other public health events globally. Aimed at multidisciplinary public health experts at GOARN partner institutions, this project seeks to further strengthen capacities for outbreak response and preparedness. Taking into account lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, it seeks to build capacities in outbreak response team leadership, assist countries in outbreak response and support national outbreak preparedness. In this endeavour, priority is given to participants from crisis-affected partner countries, ensuring equal opportunities for women and men and promoting diversity in the training offered.
Strengthening capacities for preparedness and response to disease outbreaks and natural disasters in the WHO Member States by supporting GOARN.
Training and competence development
Supporting WHO’s efforts under the GOARN training programme by designing and conducting training and practical exercises on international outbreak alert and response.
Networking and cooperation
Fostering expert collaboration in and across African regions; strengthening interdisciplinary networking across technical areas, including surveillance, NCDI/MH monitoring and emergency preparedness and response.
Providing technical support for WHO’s capacity building efforts in GOARN projects on Go.Data and Epidemic Intelligence from Open Sources (EIOS) and conducting training in partner countries.