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EU Healthy Gateways Joint Action

Goal: The aim is to prepare the competent authorities and the transport sector for immediate and adequate response to serious cross-border threats to health. The general objective of the action is to support cooperation and coordination between Member States in order to improve their capacities at the points of entry, including ports, airports and ground crossings, in preventing and combating cross-border health threats affecting or inherently coming from the transport sector, and therefore contribute to a high level of public health protection in the European Union.

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Upcoming Webinar: Events related to COVID-19 at ground crossings.
Join us at the upcoming live webinar session!
Date: Thursday 26th November 2020 at 13:00
Click on the URL provided below to access the webinar application for registration:
#healthygateways #webinair #covid
 
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Please find below the 12th ISSUE of the EU HEALTHY GATEWAYS joint action e-Newsletter.
The Newsletter is available here:
#newsletter #healthygateways
 
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Please find below the 11th ISSUE of the EU HEALTHY GATEWAYS joint action e-Newsletter. The Newsletter is available here: https://www.healthygateways.eu/Newsletters/newsletter-issue-11-july-2020
#newsletter #healthygateways
 
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We are pleased to share guidance prepared by the EU HEALTHY GATEWAYS working group titled “Interim advice for restarting cruise ship operations after lifting restrictive measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic” (Version 1 ?C 30/06/2020):
The purpose of this document is to provide general guidance to EU/EEA MS and to cruise lines about options for measures on travel and tourism that could be applied after lifting the restrictive measures implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
#healthygateways #covid19 #cruiseships
 
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We are pleased to share guidance prepared by the EU HEALTHY GATEWAYS working group titled “Interim advice for preparedness and response to cases of COVID-19 on board ferries after lifting restrictive measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic” (Version 1 – 24/06/2020). The guidance is addressed to ferry companies and provide recommendations on preventive measures that ferries should implement to protect passengers, crew members and onshore personnel, as well as to create an environment of trust in the maritime transport of passengers by ferry. The document is available on the EU HEALTHY GATEWAYS web-portal: https://www.healthygateways.eu/Portals/0/plcdocs/Advice_Passenger_Ferry.pdf?ver=2020-06-25-091223-253 .
 
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Please find below the 10th ISSUE of the EU HEALTHY GATEWAYS joint action e-Newsletter:
#newsletter #health #healthygateways #publichealth #preparedness #research
 
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We are pleased to enclose for your information a recently published communication from the European Commission related to COVID-19 and maritime transport providing Guidelines on protection of health, repatriation and travel arrangements for seafarers, passengers and other persons on board ships (https://lnkd.in/gtHFp6C).
Additional communications from the European Commission about transport and COVID-19 can be found on the EU HEALTHY GATEWAYS website at the following link: https://lnkd.in/g8KHYx7
On the EU HEALTHY GATEWAYS website (https://lnkd.in/g8KHYx7) you can also find information and resources related to COVID-19 and points of entry in EU/EEA Member States.
#health #healthygateways #europeancommission #coronavirus #maritime
 
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We are pleased to share with you an advice that has been prepared on suggested procedures for cleaning and disinfection of ships during the pandemic or when a case of COVID-19 has been identified on board. The enclosed guidance document as well as training materials and a Q&A about COVID-19 can be found on the EU HEALTHY GATEWAYS website at the following link:
#health #healthygateways #publichealth #preparedness #research
 
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We are pleased to share guidance prepared by the EU HEALTHY GATEWAYS working group titled “Advice for health authorities and ship operators who have decided to suspend sailings and for the long-term docking of ships at the ports of EU/EEA MS during COVID-19 pandemic (Version 1 -18 March 2020)”.
The document provides advice to health authorities and to ship operators to be considered for the procedures to facilitate ships suspending their operations, as well as during the time when the ships will be docked at the ports in EU/EEA MS for the following months.
Enclosed please find the advice document, which can also be found online (https://www.healthygateways.eu/Portals/0/plcdocs/EU_HEALTHY_GATEWAYS_COVID-19_Stationed_ships_18_3_2020_F.pdf?ver=2020-03-20-183254-500). Additional EU HEALTHY GATEWAYS advice documents related to COVID-19 and a Q&A can be found on the website at the following link: https://www.healthygateways.eu/Novel-coronavirus
#coronavirus #publichealth
 
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Please find below the 9th ISSUE of the EU HEALTHY GATEWAYS joint action e-Newsletter:
#newsletter #health #healthygateways #publichealth #preparedness #research
 
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Preliminary advice for preparedness and response to cases of COVID19 on BUSES & BUS STATIONS in EU developed by Healthygateways
#coronavirus #publichealth https://healthygateways.eu
 
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RAIL transport - Preliminary advice for preparedness and response to cases of COVID19 on TRAINS & RAIL STATIONS in EU developed by Healthygateways
#coronavirus #publichealth https://healthygateways.eu
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Overview of PPE recommended for staff at PoE & crew on board conveyances in the context of COVID19 developed by Healthygateways
#coronavirus #publichealth https://healthygateways.eu
 
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Q&A in response to the COVID19 outbreak developed by Healthygateways
 
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In continuance to communications we are pleased to share with you the finalized versions of preliminary advice documents for ground crossings.
· Preliminary advice for preparedness and response to cases of COVID-19 at ground crossings (trains and rail stations) in the European Union (EU)/European Economic Area (EEA) Member States (MS) – version 1, 04/03/2020
· Preliminary advice for preparedness and response to cases of COVID-19 at ground crossings (buses and bus stations) in the European Union (EU)/ European Economic Area (EEA) Member States (MS) – version 1, 04/03/2020
The guidance documents can be found on the EU HEALTHY GATEWAYS website at: https://www.healthygateways.eu/Novel-coronavirus
 
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Advice for ship operators for preparedness and response to the outbreak of 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease
#health #healthygateways #infectiousdiseases #preparedness #publichealth #response #coronavirus
 
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Advice for aircraft operators for preparedness and response to the outbreak of 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease
#health #healthygateways #infectiousdiseases #preparedness #publichealth #response #coronavirus
 
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Interim advice for preparedness and response to cases of 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease at points of entry in the European Union (EU)/EEA Member States (MS)
#publichealth #response #coronavirus
 
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Join us at the upcoming live webinar session!
"RISK COMMUNICATION AT POINTS OF ENTRY IN TIMES OF CRISES"
Thursday 20th February 2020 14:00 -15:00 Central European Time
Duration: 1 hour
REGISTER HERE: Click on the URL provided below to access the webinar application for registration: https://lnkd.in/gkY98Wq
The webinar will also be available for play-back viewing.
#healthygateways #webinar #livewebinar #publichealth #infectiousdiseases #preparedness #emergencyresponse
 
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Dear readers,
Summer is over and we will soon meet in Belgrade, Serbia on the next training of the trainers’ - course on Preparedness and Response to public health events at
airport (September 2019). Next to it we will organize also Workshop for chemical threats at Points of Entry. Moreover, there will be soon a sustainability visit andregional high-level policy officers meetingin Rome, Italy (November 2019). Next to it there will be a conference “Cross-border health safety: The Joint Action HEALTHY GATEWAYS”.
In this issue, the coordinator of the joint action informs us about an important achievement for our joint action: throughout the summer the General Assembly of the joint action, comprised by EUMS competent authorities, approved to publish a list of ships inspected and the ships that received grade “A” during the inspection.
In the thematic section Barbara Mouchtouri, Leader of Work Package 7-Maritime transport, talks about European Inspection Programme for passenger ships – Inspection grading system. Additionally, the team from Poland and Lithuania explain us some facts about ground crossing, which are important for public health. Theyidentified more than 100 ground-crossings(roads and railways) with external European
Union countries. In this issue, Jan Heidrich introduce us also activities from the air transport sector: PANDEMIC19 exercise, which focused on coordination and communication of the European response in case of a pandemic crisis; 7th European Meeting of the Collaborative Arrangement for the Prevention and Management of Public Health Events in Civil Aviation (CAPSCA-EUR/07).
I would like to point out also few important events that happened in the last period: JA Healthy Gateways 1st General Assembly in June 2019 in Hamburg, and Training course on Preparedness and response to public health events at ports & performing ship inspection in August in Taiwan CDC. In August we organized also 2nd webinar on Preparedness at Points of Entry, this time it focused on airports.
I would like to draw your attention also to the Global Pilot Testing of the WHO Handbook for IHR Public Health Capacity Building and Cross-Border Collaboration at Ground Crossings, which was organized in July 2019 in Beirut, Lebanon and where also the coordinator of EU HEALTHY GATEWAYS joint action was present.
Last but not least, we are pleased tointroduce you Rimantas Pilipavičius fromLithuania and the “Cristoforo Colombo” International Airport in Genoa, Italy.
Enjoy reading the newsletters with many interesting topics. As this is my last editorial, I would like to thank to everyone who helped by preparing last three issues. I wish you a successful continuation of the project and all the best to all of you!
Peter Otorepec
 
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Dear readers,
Summer is here and before we all take some time off to relax I would like to welcome you to the 4th Newsletter. At the beginning I would like to point out few important events that happened in the last period: in April and May we had really interesting first Webinar Series on Preparedness at Points of Entry (Inspection Grading System for the shipping industry, 11th April 2019; Inspection Grading System for the Port Health Officers, 19th April 2019; and Preparing and responding to chemical events at Points of Entry: ports, 28th May 2019) and in June we had our 1st General Assembly meeting in Hamburg, where we reviewed what has already been done and made plans for our future work. You can read in this newsletter more about these events/meeting.
Moreover, the coordinator of the joint action informs us also about the next training of the trainers’ course on Preparedness and Response to public health events at airport, which will be held in September 2019 in Serbia, and about the next Workshop for chemical threats at Points of Entry, which will be also in September 2019 in Serbia.
In the thematic section Martin Anthony Williams talks about an event of acute gastroenteritis outbreak onboard a cruise ship and usefulness of the SHIPSAN guidelines. Moreover, the project team on Chemical threats prepared interesting article about Recovery of a chemical incident.
We are pleased to introduce you Dr. Dominique Wanger from Belgium. Last but not least, you can learn this time more about the Valletta Cruise Port in Malta.
I would like to invite you also to check the quiz section, where we are asking you “What links to Femme Fatale, Paul Erlich, Franz Schubert and The Great Pretender”. Please take part in the quiz and send us your answers.
I wish you a nice summer, and all the best to all of you! 
Peter Otorepec
 
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Newsletter and updates on issues related to preparedness and action at Points Of Entry (Ports, Airports, Ground Crossings) with acronym EU HEALTHY GATEWAYS.
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Newsletters Nr 3 are available on following link:
 
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he EU HEALTHY GATEWAYS 1st General Assembly meeting will run in parallel to the 15th International Symposium on Maritime Health at HafenCity University, from 13th to 14th of June 2019, in Hamburg, Germany.
 
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When: 12-14 march 2019
Where: Piraeus, Greece
The 3-day face-to-face training of the trainers training course titled “Preparedness and response to public health events at ports’’ took place on the 12-14 March 2019 on board the cruise ship Celestyal Olympia docked at the port of Piraeus, Greece.
The training programme was organised within the framework of the EU HEALTHY GATEWAYS joint action by the University of Thessaly (UTH), Greece in collaboration with the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIMV), Netherlands.
The purpose of the training of the trainers’ programme was to increase competence and capacity for managing public health events at ports and on ships including risk assessment, decision-making and crisis communication. The training course addressed issues of decision making for implementing evidence based health measures proportionate to the health risks.
After completing this course, participants will act as trainers to the face-to-face training course at national level to be organised within the framework of the EU HEALTHY GATEWAYS Joint Action at their country.
The EU Health Gateways joint action consortium will be asked within the next month to nominate participants to this training event according to their countries needs and priorities.
Source: HG Neewsletter Issue 2
 
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Read latest updates about the project in the Newsletter Issue 2.
 
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Working meeting at NIJZ in Ljubljana between IPHS and NIJZ on EU requirements about designated points of entry (24th of January 2019)
 
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The 1st ISSUE of the EU HEALTHY GATEWAYS joint action e-Newsletter in available here: https://www.healthygateways.eu/Newsletters/newsletter-issue-1-october-2018
The Newsletter is also available in pdf format (below).
To subscribe or unsubscribe please contact us at: info@healthygateways.eu
 
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The EU HEALTHY GATEWAYS Joint Action Consortium wishes you peace, joy and prosperity throughout the coming year. Thank you for your continued support and partnership. We look forward to working with you in the years to come.
 
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Webinar: Border health measures to reduce the potential for the introduction or exportation, and spread of public health diseases of international concern.
Tuesday, 11th of December 2018, 16:30 (Central European Time)
 
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Monitoring report of Dissemination Activities for the period May-September 2018 was completed. The document contains the Dissemination activities monitoring results at European and national level of the EU HEALTHY GATEWAYS Joint Action (Work Package 2, Milestone 2.8).
 
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We are pleased to announce the launch of our brand new website: https://www.healthygateways.eu/
 
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We would like to inform you that we have created a Joint Action Leaflet.
 
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Questionnaires have been disseminated to partners for assessing training needs at Points of Entry and for identification of best practices applied at airports and ports.
 
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Stakeholder analysis questionnaires were completed by national level authorities and local level authorities at Points of Entry with the objective to define what the needs of the stakeholders are, and how would they like to be involved in the joint action
 
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The Joint Action Kick-off meeting took place during month 2 (12-13 June 2018) of the action in Varna, Bulgaria where 58 participants from 22 EUMS and representatives from DG SANTE, CHAFEA, ECDC, EASA, FRONTEX and the maritime industry had the opportunity to present and discuss the work plan.
 
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The aim is to prepare the competent authorities and the transport sector for immediate and adequate response to serious cross-border threats to health. The general objective of the action is to support cooperation and coordination between Member States in order to improve their capacities at the points of entry, including ports, airports and ground crossings, in preventing and combating cross-border health threats affecting or inherently coming from the transport sector, and therefore contribute to a high level of public health protection in the European Union.