Public Health Emergency Planning

Serbia’s Institute of Public Health will strengthen its ability to respond to public health emergencies with an emphasis on infectious diseases. The grant will fund staff training for 30 public health experts in emergency preparedness and response and 10 staff in development of a Public Health Emergency Plan and Standard Operation and Communication Plan. Training will be provided by the UK Health Protection Agency. As the recent cholera outbreak in Haiti and earthquakes in Japan, Chile and New Zealand have shown, public health emergencies can have devastating effects on the health of a population. Though many emergencies cannot be prevented, an NPHI can mitigate the effects by having an emergency plan, and trained staff, in place.