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This article is part of the supplement: Department of Defense Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System (GEIS): an update for 2009

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Training initiatives within the AFHSC-Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System: support for IHR (2005)

Jean L Otto1, Priya Baliga1*, Jose L Sanchez1, Matthew C Johns1, Gregory C Gray2, John Grieco3, Andres G Lescano4, Jerry L Mothershead5, Eric J Wagar6, David L Blazes1 and the AFHSC-GEIS Training Writing Group10111213141516171819456789

Author Affiliations

1 Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, 11800 Tech Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20904, USA

2 Department of Environmental and Global Health, College of Public Health and Health Professions University of Florida, Post Office Box 100188, Gainesville, FL 32610, USA

3 Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, 4301 Jones Bridge Road, Bethesda, MD 20814, USA

4 Naval Medical Research Center Detachment, Centro Medico Naval “CMST,” Av. Venezuela CDRA 36, Callao 2, Lima, Peru

5 Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, 4301 Jones Bridge Road, Bethesda, MD 20814, USA

6 U.S. Embassy, Attention: MRU, United Nations Avenue, Post Office Box 606, Village Market 00621 Nairobi, Kenya

7 Makerere University Walter Reed Project, Influenza Research Programme, Post Office Box 7062, Kampala, Uganda

8 University of Iowa Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, 2501 Crosspark Road, MTF B145, Coralville, Iowa 52241, USA

9 Naval Health Research Center, 140 Sylvester Road, San Diego, CA 92106, USA

10 Medical Brigade/USAMEDDAC-Korea, Unit 15281, APO AP 96205-5281, USA

11 Public Health Region-Europe, CMR 402, APO AE 09180, USA

12 Navy Environmental Preventive Medicine Unit 2, 1887 Powhatan Street, Norfolk, VA 23511-3394, USA

13 Pacific Air Forces, 990 Scott Circle, Hickam Air Force Base, HI 96853, USA

14 U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, Epidemiology Consult Service, 2513 Kennedy Circle, Building 180, Brooks City Base, TX 78235, USA

15 Naval Medical Research Unit Number 3, Extension of Ramses Street, Adjacent to Abbassia Fever Hospital, Postal Code 11517, Cairo, Egypt

16 University of Buea, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, Faculty of Science, Post Office Box 63, Buea, South Western Province, Cameroon

17 Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences, 315/6 Rajavithi Road, Bangkok, Thailand 10400

18 Public Health Region-South, Building 2472 Schofield Road, Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234, USA

19 Naval Medical Research Unit Number 2, Kompleks Pergudangan DEPKES R.I., JI. Percetakan Negara II No. 23, Jakarta, 10560, Indonesia

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BMC Public Health 2011, 11(Suppl 2):S5  doi:10.1186/1471-2458-11-S2-S5

Published: 4 March 2011


Training is a key component of building capacity for public health surveillance and response, but has often been difficult to quantify. During fiscal 2009, the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, Division of Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System (AFHSC-GEIS) supported 18 partner organizations in conducting 123 training initiatives in 40 countries for 3,130 U.S. military, civilian and host-country personnel. The training assisted with supporting compliance with International Health Regulations, IHR (2005). Training activities in pandemic preparedness, outbreak investigation and response, emerging infectious disease (EID) surveillance and pathogen diagnostic techniques were expanded significantly. By engaging local health and other government officials and civilian institutions, the U.S. military’s role as a key stakeholder in global public health has been strengthened and has contributed to EID-related surveillance, research and capacity-building initiatives specified elsewhere in this issue. Public health and emerging infections surveillance training accomplished by AFHSC-GEIS and its Department of Defense (DoD) partners during fiscal 2009 will be tabulated and described.