July 08, 2022

HSP Pakistan Vet Cohort Conducts Professional Development Training, June 14-18

A 5-day training on “Disease Surveillance and Response” was smoothly organized by Health Security Partners staff with enthusiastic participation from the 19 veterinarians and microbiologists of the Pakistani Vet Cohort from KP and Baluchistan, Pakistan, in Lahore from June 14 -18, 2022. The training kicked off by covering significant disease surveillance topics, touching on the basics of surveillance, types of surveillance, disease mapping, and outbreak investigations, and also included ground-breaking sessions on effective communication during outbreaks and risk communication. The training also included a session on diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, which introduced participants to the importance of supporting DEIA within the Vet Cohort and other organizations with whom the Vet Cohort works. The objective of the professional development training was to teach participants how to best predict, observe, and minimize the harm caused by outbreaks, epidemics, and pandemic situations, as well as increase knowledge about which factors contribute to such circumstances. The training's subject matter experts ensured through discussions that participants understood that a critical part of modern disease surveillance is the practice of disease case reporting, which generates essential data that aids public health officials to understand existing and emerging infectious and non-infectious disease threats.