8th TEPHINET Bi-Regional Conference

Over three hundred health workers and experts from 23 countries gathered in Siem Reap, Cambodia to exchange ideas, updates, breakthroughs, and experiences in disease prevention efforts with their international colleagues.

The government of the Kingdom of Cambodia graciously hosted TEPHINET‘s eighth Bi-Regional Conference from November 28 to December 2, 2016 with the theme, Global Health Security through Local Health Sustainability.

Co-organized by SAFETYNET, the five-day event featured 105 Oral Presentations given over a four day period at multiple venues of the Apsara Palace Resort and Conference Center.

Session topics at the conference included the following:

  • Future Directions and Strategies for Health Security in the Asia Pacific Region

  • Investigation of Wildlife Poisoning incidents

  • Improving Surveillance to Identify and Control Foodborne Disease: The Role of FETP Fellows

  • Project ECHO for Field Epidemiology Workforce Development

  • Ethical Principles in Epidemics and Health Emergencies

  • Lessons from Response to MERS-CoV

  • Modified Field Epidemiology Training Programs

  • Applied Management Training Programs 


Prior to the actual conference, seven pre-conference workshops were conducted.

  • Advanced Course for EpiCore Members (Skoll Global Threat s Fund)

  • Avian Influenza A (H5N1) and Other Influenza Viruses in Cambodia (IPC/WHO Cambodia)

  • Interpreting Surveillance Results in the Setting of a Dynamically Evolving System (Michael O’Reilly /SAFETYNET)

  • Scientific Writing (WHO WPRO/WPSAR)

  • Training FETPs to Understand, Clean, Analyze, and Present Surveillance Data (FETP Japan/NIID)

  • Improving Field Epidemiology Training to Strengthen Workforce Competency in Southeast Asia (ANU)

  • Translating Research Policy into Policy Recommendations (CLSU/SAFETYNET)


Delegates and resource persons were also treated to stimulating tours of the nearby Cambodian Cultural Village, and the world’s largest religious monument, the Angkor Wat complex.

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