On Tuesday 17 May, the Council of Europe presented and officially launched a Toolkit to raise awareness of data protection in the health sector in Tunisia.
Around 80 high-level personalities from the health sector, both public and private, attended the event. They represented, among others, the Ministries of Health, Defence, Interior, the Pasteur Institute Tunisia, ethics committees, the orders of doctors, pharmacists, dentists, the chamber of clinics, the faculties of medicine of Tunis, Sousse, Monastir, Sfax, the training institute for nurses, the CNAM, the National Centre for Pharmacovigilance, the General Insurance Committee, insurance companies, e-health associations, and start-up creators in the medical sector.
During a round table discussion moderated by Chawki Gaddes, President of the National Instance for Personal Data Protection of Tunisia (INPDP), Samia Zargouni, Advisor to the Court of Cassation, Dr. Slim Ben Salah, former President of the Tunisian Medical Association and Frédérique Lesaulnier, Data Protection Officer of the Brain and Spinal Cord Institute of Paris (ICM), presented the different issues that the protection of personal data poses to health professionals.
After this round table, the Toolkit was presented to the participants in its web version:
They were then able to take away a copy of the Toolkit. All organisations represented and wishing to disseminate it will be able to obtain it from the INPDP.
This project was carried out within the framework of the joint programme between the European Union and the Council of Europe entitled "Project to support independent bodies in Tunisia (PAII-T)", co-financed by these two organisations and implemented by the Council of Europe.