timely surveillance of emerging and re-emerging diseases, represents a major
global challenge, said the Minister of Health, Dr. Mercedes Juan, stressing
that in this task, the work of epidemiologists is essential, since they are who
identify and study the different outbreaks of diseases.
In the opening of the
8th Global Conference of the Network of Training Programs and Interventions in
Epidemiology and Public Health (TEPHINET), participated 43 nations. The Minister
of Health highlighted the challenges that the epidemiology face to the
Accompanied by the
director of TEPHINRT, Dionisio Herrera Guibert; President of The Task Force for
Global Health, Mark Rosenberg, and the Under-Secretary of Health Prevention and
Promotion of the Mexican Ministry of Health, Pablo Kuri Morales, Dr. Mercedes
Juan recalled that in 2009, Mexico alerted the world of the presence of the
first cases of influenza A (H1N1), which were identified by the Mexican
Epidemiological Surveillance System.
Recently, she said,
with the epidemic of Ebola virus in West Africa, the work of epidemiologists
allowed each nation to develop a response plan and prevent the spread of this
Dr. Mercedes Juan
said that this has been the result of work done over several years by the
Network Training Programs and Intervention Epidemiology and Public Health,
through the training of epidemiologists in the world, strengthening the
capacity of the international public health politics.
are trained in the field of epidemiology, dominate a competences for public
health practices, and provide a valuable public health service to their
countries," she said.
reported that the Residency Program in Epidemiology of Mexico, has trained 265
specialists in its 30 years of existence.
Dr. Pablo Kuri
Morales, Undersecretary of Health Prevention and Promotion, explained that
Mexico was the third country, after Canada and Thailand starting in 1985, the
residency program in applied epidemiology.
Since then, Mexico
has trained more than 29 generations in this specialty.
In his speech,
Rosenberg Merk, president of the Task Force for Global Health reiterated that
if there is not an epidemiological, sensitive and effective surveillance system,
a disease can become a global catastrophe.
world faces a global epidemic, such as non-communicable diseases, injuries and
"If we do not
stop this epidemic, a global disaster will be unleashed in economies around the
world, considering that health systems do not have the economic capacity to
confront it," he said.
in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET) was created
in 1997, is a professional network of 55 field epidemiology training programs
(FETPs) around the world. TEPHINET aims to strengthen international public
health politics capacity by training field epidemiologists, through an applied
apprenticeship program in different countries and regions.
Its mission is to
strength global public health politics capacity by supporting well-qualified
professionals in field epidemiology through training and service and networking
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