By iteratively pairing short-term spread forecasts with an allocation plan that adapts to the changing predictions, the model allows aid workers to see, as the crisis evolves, where medical personnel, equipment and treatment supplies should be distributed to offer the best chances of cutting off the epidemic.
The urgent need for guidance and the paucity of structured scientific data on emerging diseases hinder the formulation of evidence-informed recommendations using standard methods and procedures.
The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board will monitor emergency preparedness across national governments, UN agencies, civil society, and the private sector.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has commenced a nationwide training of healthcare workers on case management, laboratory diagnosis, and prevention and control of Lassa fever.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) disease detective program, the Epidemic Intelligence Service, is a two-year post-graduate training program — sort of a rapid response force of disease geeks.
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) coordinated exercise focuses on moving seven people acting as patients with Ebola symptoms in different regions of the country.
Uganda has cut the time it takes to confirm an outbreak from an average of two weeks to an average of 2.5 days.
The Global Health Security Initiatives’ ministerial meeting focused on the need to have a common approach to evidence based, non-pharmaceutical interventions to slow the spread of influenza and on how best to communicate uncertainty and address public risk perception during a public health emergency.
Reforms put in place after the 2015 Ebola epidemic in West Africa have built Nigeria's capacity to diagnose diseases and track their spread.
In global disease outbreaks, there are significant time delays between the source of an outbreak and collective action.