- Session 1: Opening Session
- Session 2: Public Health Emergencies
- Session 2: Oral Presentation
- Session 3: RRT presentation (Oral and Poster Parallel Session)
- Session 4: Table Top Exercise: Computer based Epidemiological Case study
- Session 5: Group work on RRT issues and challenges
- Session 6: Panel Discussion
- Session 7: Closing ceremony
Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) started in 2000 through the support of the Ministry of Health (MoH), Department of Health Services (DoHS) and Epidemiology and Disease Control Division (EDCD). In order to manage epidemics, RRT were established at three levels: 1 RRT each at Central level, Regions and 75 Districts. The objectives of these teams are to establish an early warning and reporting mechanism for potential epidemics ensure preparedness for potential epidemics, manage disease outbreaks and institutionalize disaster management.
EDCD has been conducting various capacity building programs along with various inter-governmental agencies such as WHO and nongovernmental agencies to enhance the outbreak management capabilities of RRTs. A RRT manual exists as a guiding document to operationalize these RRTs, recently this has undergone some revision.
This conference, the first of its hunch will bring together all the RRT focal points; the EDCD team; relevant MoH technical and managerial personnel; the Regional Health Directorate; the DPHOs; the heads of Community Medicine / Public Health departments from medical / Public Health colleges; representations from National and External Development Partners engaged in Health including WHO personnel to showcase the achievements of the RRTs and deliberate upon the challenges found in order to outline a roadmap for strengthening RRTs in the federal context inside the country working at all levels to share their experiences and find a best practice to manage outbreaks.
District, Regional and Central RRTs are involved in responding to various outbreaks in their areas of jurisdiction. A good example of RRT response and coordination was observed during the 2017 Flood Post outbreak Management in the Terai; where in the response from the Central level was prompt and implemented in an effective manner, building on and supporting the local response. There has hither to been a lack of formal forum at national level in which the strengths, weakness, issues, challenges, opportunities, way forward for these teams and their efforts to be discussed.
This conference will bring together all the stakeholders to discuss all these issues in a common platform and explore future possibilities and ways of generating and managing outbreaks in the most efficient manner especially in the federated context.
Nepal being identified as a priority country by the WHO Health emergencies programme in this region; there is a need for an annual event enhance the critical IHR core capacity and hence strengthen the public health security in the country.
Thus a two day national conference will be conducted in Kathmandu, on 19 – 20 December 2017 for RRT focal points and DP/Hos from 75 districts, RHDs, representatives from department of Community Medicine and Public Health of various medical colleges of Nepal, relevant non-health partners, and external development partners.