Upazila Rapid Response Team trainings in Bangladesh


November 20, 2014


by Christina Craig

Bangladesh’s Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control, and Research (IEDCR), has long recognized the importance of training public health practitioners to be prepared for unexpected public health challenges. Beginning in the 1960s, IEDCR’s predecessor institutes offered malaria surveillance trainings, which were a key part of malaria eradication efforts. Today, although Bangladesh faces different public health threats, the institute continues training staff to be prepared and able to respond quickly and effectively.

Throughout the month of November, IEDCR is offering five outbreak investigation training courses. These trainings will focus specifically on current and potential global public health threats, including Ebola, MERS-CoV, H7N9, and Nipah virus. The participants, representing Upazila Rapid Response Teams (URRT) from across Bangladesh, will attend the training at IEDCR in Dhaka and then return to their regional centers (upazilas), able to equip regional staff with the knowledge they gain in the training.

In addition to these trainings, IEDCR offers disease surveillance resources on its website, including a map of current and recent outbreaks across the country, monthly disease surveillance reports, and current research activities.

(IEDR's map of current and recent outbreaks)