The Disease Detectives

The Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) program was started during the Cold War to create a group of people who could be quickly deployed to halt outbreaks such as those from, for example, biological weapons. When a health department requests urgent help from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least one EIS officer and/or other subject-matter experts travel to the front line.

Law enforcement and public health: recognition and enhancement of joined-up solutions

Although the security sector is a key partner in many specific public health programs, its identity as an important part of the public health endeavor is rarely recognized, resulting in an inadequate approach to research and investigation of ways in which law enforcement can be effectively engaged to actively promote and protect public health.

Using Community Based Surveillance to improve early detection of Ebola outbreak in western Uganda

As the Ebola threat continues to loom around the Uganda-Congoboarder, Uganda Red Cross has trained over 300 Volunteers in communities close to DR-Congo to carry out surveillance and risk communication activities, including screening for all people entering the country.