Dr. Charles Beadling, Col (ret) wrote
First of all, I have participated in both the Phase II event in Kenya and Tanzania. I see three main value-added benefits gained in the PRP Workshop/TTX. For one thing, the host nation is able to identify whether or not they have a pandemic influenza response plan (or an all-hazards disaster response plan. If they do have a plan, working through the TTX identifies specific gaps in the response plan that can then be corrected. Second, the experience of a combined didactic workshop and TTX provides a minimum level of understanding about pandemic, disasters in general, and essential elements of an effective response. Finally, the networking and communication between the military, civilian government agencies, non-governmental agencies and neighboring countries would not be achieved as effectively by any other method.
Working with CDR Williams, I think we can make future iterations even more effective by giving the work teams opportunities to form, bond and work together earlier in the week. This is a great program and will only get better!
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