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Skip to 0 minutes and 11 secondsJIMMY WHITWORTH: Welcome to week one, where we will introduce the history of infectious disease outbreaks up to the present day. We will then focus on the human, social, and economic impacts of outbreaks in low- and middle-income countries. We'll also discuss the global architecture around epidemic preparedness and response and debate whether resources should be invested in outbreaks versus other public health priorities. In the second half of the week, we will look at how an outbreak unfolds and the roles within a diverse, multidisciplinary team involved in effectively controlling outbreaks, spanning; epidemiology, microbiology, social science, infection prevention and control, water and sanitation, logistics, and security.

Skip to 1 minute and 6 secondsFinally, we will consider additional challenges in humanitarian crisis settings where instability, caused by disaster or conflict, exacerbate managing and responding to outbreaks. We're really looking forward to your engagement with this week's course material and discussions. So let's get started.

Welcome to Week 1

Over the next three weeks, you will learn about the global effort required to contain outbreaks of infectious disease in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) by listening to lectures and reviewing material put together by experts in the field. This week, we will begin with an introduction to outbreaks in LMICs, including discussing their social and economic impact, outbreak preparedness and the roles in multidisciplinary teams required to control outbreaks. We will end with a lecture on the additional challenges posed by outbreaks in humanitarian crises.

In Week 3, we will host a Q&A panel with invited experts in the field of outbreak response. Please add any questions you want to ask our experts on the discussion board of Step 3.3.

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Disease Outbreaks in Low and Middle Income Countries

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine