About the MediPIET project

MediPIET is a project funded by the European Commission and the DG for International Cooperation and Development under the Instrument Contributing to Stability and Peace, linked to the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Centres of Excellence initiative – EU CBRN CoE. The project is led by the consortium FIIAPP-ISCIII, with the scientific leadership of ECDC, and will run in the course of 2014-2017. The full title of the project is: “Further Development and Consolidation of the Mediterranean Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training (MediPIET)”, CBRN CoE Project 36. It is a continuation of a previous project led by ECDC (CBRN CoE Project 32) that established the framework and building blocks of the training programme by defining its structure, contents and curriculum and put in place the main elements of the MediPIET network throughout the Mediterranean.

18 countries of the Mediterranean, Balkans and Black Sea basins are partners in the MediPIET Programme: Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Georgia, Jordan, Kosovo*, Lebanon, Libya, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestine*, Serbia, Tunisia, and Ukraine. Spain, France and Greece are the EU countries involved in the network providing scientific and institutional advice. Israel and Turkey are observers.

 

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This project has been established under a regional perspective to contribute to the overall objective of enhancing health security in the Mediterranean basin by supporting capacity building for prevention and control of natural or man-made health threats posed by communicable diseases and other threats through a sustainable training programme in intervention epidemiology. The MediPIET project is aimed at setting up a regional competent workforce in intervention epidemiology to carry out essential public health functions for prevention and control of national and cross-border challenges posed by communicable diseases and other health threats enhancing the biological aspect of CBRN CoE Initiative.

1. This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.
2. This designation shall not be construed as recognition of a State of Palestine and is without prejudice to the individual positions of the Member States on this issue.

Governing bodies

To coordinate this vast network of countries, institutions and professionals, the MediPIET project has established three governing bodies with definite functions and composition

The Training Centres Forum (TCF)

The MediPIET Training Centres Forum (TCF) gathers representatives (supervisors) of the MediPIET Training Centres, with equal right of opinion per national MediPIET training centre. The TCF meets at least once a year during MediPIET Annual Scientific Conference.

Organization

The TCF organises itself at least an annual plenary meeting and in between the plenary meetings:

  • Working group/s, charged with didactic concept as curriculum site and fellow selection criteria, graduation, communication and networking and internal evaluation of the programme, which is an integral continuation of working groups A and B established during implementation of the MediPIET Preparatory Phase.
  • Operational group, advising/guiding the Scientific Coordinators on urgent matters and / or with short notice. The group includes 6 persons: 1 main and 1 back up from each geographical group of countries (EU countries involved in the project, Balkans countries, and North Africa/Middle East countries). The main may delegate to the back up.

The TCF working group sets its programme and agenda through regular teleconferences.

Functions

According to the ToR for the MediPIET 2, the TCF provides advice to ECDC and the Scientific Advisory Board on the following issues:

  • Curriculum based on evaluation results.
  • Indicators for monitoring and evaluation of the progranmme (inputs, process, output, outcomes).
  • Fellow selection criteria and process for fellow selection
  • MediPIET training centres criteria, including processes for the appraisal and visits.
  • Fellow graduation criteria

In addition, the TCF, via its groups support the scientific coordinators in their day-to-day work as detailed below.

The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB)

  • The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) shall advise and support the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in its scientific leadership role and the Contractor to ensure an optimal overall scientific coordination of the MediPIET Project.
  • The SAB shall provide strategic and operational guidance and advice on all issues related to the scientific and technical implementation of the Project, notably on regional synergies, best ways of sharing scientific knowledge and experiences across the participating countries and looking into the future needs and opportunities of a sustainable training programme in the region.

Chaired by ECDC: the body overseeing the scientific coordination of the project. 3 representatives of the TCF, elected on an annual basis, are members of the SAB. Its members include:

  • ECDC as chair
  • DG DEVCO – European Commission’s Development and Cooperation DG
  • DG SANTE – European Commission’s Health DG
  • DG JRC – European Commission’s Joint Research Centre
  • Representatives of the Steering Committee set up under the MediPIET 1 project, namely the Hellenic Center for Disease Control & Prevention (KEELPNO, Greece), the Institut de Veille Sanitaire (InVS, France), and the Dirección General de Salud Pública, Calidad e Innovación of the Ministerio de Sanidad, Servicios Sociales e Igualdad, Spain. • 3 representatives of the TCF
  • Representatives of the Consortium FIIAPP-ISCIII

The Project Coordination Committee (PCC)

Chaired by DG DEVCO, is the body overseeing the implementation of the project, guaranteeing the achievement of its objectives and approving the annual workplans. In one of its two-yearly meetings, one representative of each MediPIET partner country is invited to participate.

  • DG DEVCO as chair
  • DG SANTE
  • ECDC
  • DG JRC
  • Representatives of the Consortium FIIAPP-ISCIII

It is the governing body representing the MediPIET partner countries. It provides strategic and operational guidance on scientific, communicational and technical implementation aspects of the Project. It is closely linked to the MediPIET Project Team, especially through its Scientific Coordinators, and to the SAB and PCC.

The PCC will hold each year a meeting with all partner countries. One representative for each country will be invited. When a partner country has, within its CBRN CoE National Team, a health expert, s/he shall be the chosen participant to the PCC. This PCC meeting shall be held in the margins of the Annual Scientific Conference.

Decision-making flow

The three governing bodies are closely linked to one another, they perform consultation rounds before taking decisions. TCF advises the Scientific Advisory Board through 3 delegates from Training Sites: one for each CBRN region covered by the project (North Africa, Middle East and South East and Eastern Europe). TCF participates in one PCC meeting per year in the margins of the MediPIET Annual Scientific Conference. One representative per country is invited to participate in the discussions of the PCC.