Development and implementation of a national strategy for risk and crisis communication in Tunisia

Context: The project is part of the biosecurity and biosafety programm of the BMZ, and is implemented by the GIZ, the Robert-Koch-Institute, the Bernhard-Nocht-Institute for Tropical Medicine, the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute, and the Bundeswehr Institute of Microbiology. A first phase of the project in Tunisia started in November 2015 and as of May 2016, a first draft of a national risk and crisis communication strategy exists.

Objective: The aim of this project phase is to enable the program partners DSSB (Direction des Soins de Santé de Base) and ONMNE (Observatoire National des Maladies Nouvelles et Emergentes) to further develop the national risk and crisis communication strategy for Tunisia and to advise how the strategy can be implemented. Once the strategy and its operational plan is finalised, it shall be integrated into the national Epidemic Preparedness Plan. Additionally, training modules will be developed to strengthen in-country capacity development.

Content: Project activities will include:

* Planning and preparation of workshops in Tunisia with the risk and crisis communication task force in order to further develop the risk and crisis communication strategy;

* Provision of ongoing support to the Tunisian partners in further developing the structure and drafting a second and a final draft of the risk and crisis communication strategy;

Supporting the Tunisian partners in implementing the risk and crisis communication strategy, including through the development of training materials, as well as implementation and moderation of training sessions.

  • Selection, mobilisation and provision of short-term experts;
  • Review of existing risk communication strategy and other relevant documents;
  • Interviews and meetings with in-country stakeholders;
  • Meetings with the risk communication task force;
  • Organisation of workshops on the elaboration/development of a comprehensive risk communication strategy;
  • Regular coordination with and reporting to the GIZ, German partners as well as in-country partners;
  • Development of tailored, effective and sustainable training modules and training tools on risk communication;
  • Organisation of training modules on risk communication;
  • Provision of recommendations through final report.