This document presents a set of recommended standards for mass antibiotic dispensing that focus on the “points of dispensing” (or PODs, locations where the members of the public would go to receive life-saving antibiotics or other medical countermeasures during a large-scale public health emergency). Specifically, the standards address (1) the number and location of PODs, (2) internal POD operations, (3) POD staffing, and (4) POD security.
In North Eastern Nigeria, despite the high level of insurgency, which has affected many public health facilities, the polio infrastructure is being utilized to monitor and curb cholera in five states namely, Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe and Yobe with encouraging results.
The recent Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa demonstrated the vulnerability of the local health care infrastructure to newly emerging infectious diseases.
Yemen highlights how even a fully funded, fully functional response can never be a replacement for the systems and public services required to ensure disease prevention.
The present monkeypox outbreak makes it the 46th year since Nigeria first experienced monkeypox, but the country is yet to have a laboratory for treating the virus.
The first step to preventing the next global pandemic is ensuring that all countries have robust and functioning public health systems.
The Los Angeles County Community Disaster ResilienceExit Icon (LACCDR) project, developed by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health focused on coalition building, community education, and community resilience activities.