Istituto Superiore di Sanità promotes this webinar to support the Covid-19 response in MediLabSecure and MediPIET partner countries, and as a follow up to the training course on “Preparedness and Response to the Health Emergency from novel Coronavirus”

Pandemic waves are recurring and vaccine distribution will only be gradual: many countries will therefore have to continue to manage the pandemic through Public Health and Social Measures (PHSM): these include individual, environmental surveillance and response, and social/physical
distancing measures, along with movement and travel restrictions.

The webinar will update the debate on PHSM, with a focus on risk perception, accessibility of protective actions and consequent adherence to PHSM in the North Africa and Middle East region.

Tuesday March 30th, 2021
3:00pm – 4:15 pm CEST, EET | Italy, Spain, Egypt, Libya,
4:00pm – 5:15pm EEST, EAT, AST | Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine

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Duration : 75 min

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  • Take stock of the information available on the implementation of PHSM in the North Africa/Middle East region, with a focus on risk perception, accessibility of protective actions and adherence to PHSM.
  • Based on specific case studies, reflect on PHSM communication and on the contexts enabling protective behaviors

The webinar is open to all MediLabSecure and MediPIET network members. External participants (national or international organizations, public health experts or students) are welcome.



Silvio Brusaferro, President, Istituto Superiore di Sanità

Silvia Declich, National Center for Global Health, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, on behalf of MediLabSecure and MediPIET

Stephanie Jane Fazekas Salyer, Africa CDC
Public Health and Social Measures in North Africa: PERC’s monitoring framework and survey on risk perception and protective behaviours

Jihad Makhou, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
The social context of health information and misinformation on Public Health and Social Measures in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic: a case of emerging inequities in Lebanon

Mahmoud A. Shahin, Al-Ghad Colleges for Applied Medical Sciences, Saudi Arabia
Perceptions of risk and intention to comply with COVID-19 precautionary measures among the general population: a comparative Middle East perspective

Discussion and conclusion

Working language: English. Please note that the webinar will be recorded.


Stephanie Jane Fazekas Salyer is Senior Advisor, Technical Strategy & Partnerships, at Africa CDC’s Division of Surveillance and Disease Intelligence and is fully engaged in Africa CDC’s continental COVID-19 response activities. She has a doctorate in veterinary medicine and a master’s in public health at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Prior to joining Africa CDC, Dr. Salyer worked as a veterinary epidemiologist at the U.S. CDC’s Center for Global Health.

Jihad Mahout is professor and currently chairperson at the Department of Health Promotion and Community Health, teaching in the Graduate Public Health Program at The American University of Beirut. Her professional life has evolved from years of experience in non-governmental agency work in community health before coming to FHS, 20 years ago. Her research expertise lies in qualitative research methodology, social and structural determinants of health, social exclusion, research ethics and public health ethics, and recently studying commercial determinants of health and conflict of interest of corporations on humanitarian assistance.+

Mahmoud A. Shahin, Jordanian national, is working as Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Nursing of Al-Ghad International Colleges for Health Sciences, Qassim, Saudi Arabia. He holds a Ph.D. in Medical/Surgical Nursing and is reviewer of numerous international scientific journals.

This webinar is the second of a series of three meetings on PHSM, conceived as a follow up to the training course ‘Novel Coronavirus Health Emergency: Preparedness and Response’, promoted by Istituto Superiore di Sanità in the frame of the MediLabSecure project. The first webinar was held on March 3rd, the third will be held on May 13th, 2021