Medipiet celebrated the 3rd Training of Trainers One line course between 15th March to 15th April 2021 under the title “Strengthening Country capacities on inter-sectoral preparedness and response to face threats from a One Health perspective” and orginized with the collaboration of MediLAB Secure.

About the Course
This course was originally planned to take place face to face during four days. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, it has been reoriented to be carried out on line with asynchronous and synchronous sessions. This training of trainers provides participants an opportunity to refresh knowledge and skills regarding specific topics prioritized at regional level by the participating partner countries’ institutions in the 2019 survey.
The duration of the ToT was from 16 to 20 hours approximately and has lasted four weeks to on participants’ own pace. The course was built with pre-defined units composed by lessons (20 -30 min pre-recorded lectures, exercises, reading materials, live session/webinars, forum or live discussions).
This specific workshop on One Health was focused on 4 main thematic units:

  1. General overview on One Health, Preparedness and Response integrating One Health, and different ways to approach the One Health in practice
  2. One Health added value to face pandemics such as COVID -19;
  3. Zoonoses and Vector Born Diseases (Multisectoral collaboration, Integrated surveillance, joint risk assessment)
  4. AMR (Multisectoral collaboration, Integrated surveillance, joint risk assessment). Networking will also be a key component of the course.

The ToT aims at highlighting the intersectoral collaboration for an efficient early detection of threats and a rapid response to minimize impact of any environmental, animal, human health threat.

Target audience
This 16-20 hour online course was addressed to mid-career and senior epidemiologists and professionals from the MediPIET and MediLAB Secure participating institutions to understand the principles and processes of threats caused by environmental, animal and human agents to the Implemented by the Consortium human health and the need to adopt a wider perspective such as One Health approach and reinforce intersectoral operational collaboration.

The statement “Health threats do not know borders” has been widely utilised when speaking about pathogens, emerging and re-emerging diseases and the need of preventing, early detecting, timely response in the frame of the International Health Regulation and to strengthen the IHR- core capacities within and among countries.
It is well known that more than 70% of the emerging diseases are from zoonotic or vector borne origin. This exchange of pathogens among human and non-human animal make the above statement relevant not only country borders related but also regarding “cross-species barriers”.
One Health approach has shown to be a powerful mean to establish multisectorial collaboration bringing together relevant disciplines and fields of knowledge. The Tripartite (WHO –FAO-OIE) is making fruitful efforts on this direction. However, the current pandemic has raised more than ever the need of all disciplines contribution to re-think the mode of approaching health threats, do research, reinforce workforce capacities to enlarge our views and work in a collaborative way. Bringing together human public health, veterinarians, entomologists, lab staff is crucial, however many disciplines are still missing in this picture. Social sciences, technologies, community’s engagement are still in a weak position to provide other inputs and valuable research outputs, complementary knowledge, skills and solutions to contribute to a better preparedness and response to face upcoming threats in a highly interconnected One World.
This training of trainers aims at opening our views and incorporate the multisectorial, cross-border and interdisciplinary dimensions to increase the possibilities of reaching a healthier one world.