The new threats to health resulting from deliberate releases bring up new needs for the diffusion of existing knowledge. The training of health professionals stands out as a priority that should be coherently addressed at the European level as part of a long-term strategy to respond to the changing environment of public health threats.
It is therefore proposed to develop an educational package for health professionals that will specifically target the new public health threats. This educational package will be used as a tool for the dissemination of knowledge and the education of health professionals by training institutions, universities or public health authorities, so as to enhance the European human capital on the timely identification, the management and response to events that could be the result of deliberate attacks with biological, chemical and radiological agents.
The project's aim is to plan and develop an educational package containing the knowledge and training material necessary to empower European health professionals, including armed forces health personnel, to rapidly recognise clinically and adequately respond to new public health threats, like attacks with biological, chemical and radiological agents.
The content of the educational package and the methodology of the training course will be developed in co-operation with educational institutions, major organizations and committees of the European Commission.
Emphasis will be placed on strategies for the diffusion of the relevant knowledge at the local and regional level and the training of front line healthcare providers so that timely detection and response to public health threats will be better achieved at all levels.
The project will take into account all developments in the field as well as the progress already established at the European Union level, and will offer a specific, new and revised educational content and form that will enhance health policies and activities at the local, regional, national and pan-European level.
The coordinator of the Ethreat Project is the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. The partnership consortium is formed of seven partners and six countries (Greece, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, and UK).
Ethreat Project was launched in May 2005 and will have a total duration of
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