The Tripartite Joint Risk Assessment Operational Tool (JRA OT) developed by the World Health Organisation (WHO), World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), and Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (UN FAO) seeks to contribute to the prevention, detection, and countering of zoonotic diseases. This Operational Tool is intended for staff from national ministries responsible for human health, animal health, and the environment, or other government agencies involved in the control and management of zoonotic diseases, in particular epidemiologists, with close involvement of laboratory staff, risk managers, and communication officers. The Operational Tool presents the principles of JRA and provides step-by-step guidance on how to set up a joint qualitative risk assessment process.
The Epidemic Intelligence from Open Sources (EIOS) initiative is a unique collaboration between various public health stakeholders around the globe. It brings together new and existing initiatives, networks and systems to strengthen the early detection, verification, assessment, and communication of public health threats using publicly available information. The EIOS initiative establishes a community of practice for public health intelligence (PHI) that includes the Member States of the World Health Organisation, international organisations, research institutes and other partners and collaborators. It is aimed at consolidating a wide array of endeavours and platforms to build a strong PHI community supported by robust, harmonised, and standardised PHI systems and frameworks across organisations and jurisdictions.
The Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET) is the global network of 75 Field Epidemiology Training Programs that seek to develop, connect, and mobilize a global field epidemiology workforce to strengthen public health systems and advance health security. TEPHINET brings together health practitioners from more than 100 countries around the globe. Field Epidemiology Training Programs (FETP) help build capacity in health service agencies. Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programs (FELTPs) and Field Epidemiology Training Programs for Veterinarians (FETPVs) incorporate laboratory and veterinary components as part of their core training curricula.
The Mediterranean and Black Sea Field Epidemiology Training Programme Network to Increase Security in the EU Neighbourhood (MediPIET) is an inter-disciplinary initiative that aims to support capacity building for the prevention and control of natural or man-made biological threats. The MediPIET network is a partnership of eighteen national public health institutions from countries in North Africa, Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and the Middle East. It operates in close collaboration with TEPHINET. The MediPIET network adopts a train-the-trainer approach. Its curriculum covers nine modules, including a designated module on CBRN threats and health security.
The One Health Network for the Prevention of Vector-Borne Diseases around the Mediterranean and Sahel Regions (MediLabSecure) brings together laboratories and public health institutions from 22 countries to promote integrated surveillance of emerging arboviruses. The MediLabSecure network represents a cluster for awareness, risk assessment, monitoring and control of vector-borne diseases. This cluster provides for the interaction of five working groups: Human Virology, Animal Virology, Medical Entomology, Public Health, and Early Warning Tools / Modelling. Each group addresses the core topic through a One Health perspective. The MediLabSecure network operates in close cooperation with the MediPIET network.