The application of emergency management principles to epidemic responses, and the use of an Emergency Operations Center to do so, can take many forms. Context is important, and so there is never a “one size fits all” solution to strengthening or operationalizing public health emergency management capabilities.
To help support epidemic emergency management in the context of the COVID-19 response, we are developing a series of case studies in collaboration with partners across the world, to demonstrate how different countries have developed and operationalized their EOCs to support the pandemic response at the national and sub-national levels. We hope that these examples will help illustrate the different ways in which public health emergency management capabilities can be build and sustained, and utilized for epidemic response.
Oct 26, 2020
Badrul Samad1, Brenna Means2, 3, Ileana Vélez2, 3, James Banaski3, Claire J. Standley3*
Established in 2007, the Ministry of Health (MoH) Crisis Preparedness & Response Centre (CPRC) in Putrajaya originally dealt with nationwide communicable disease outbreaks using a legal mandate under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (PCID) Act 1988 (also known as Act 342). Starting from 2013, as it expanded its scope to encompass an all-hazards approach, the CPRC now also uses the National Security Council (NSC) Directive No. 20 to support its legal mandate to coordinate public health emergency response to disasters at the national level. read more