Skip to 0 minutes and 12 secondsHILARY BOWER: Welcome to week two. I'm Hilary Bower, assistant professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and an epidemiologist for the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team. This week, we'll explore not only responses to outbreaks, but also the importance of preparing for them. First, we'll focus on outbreak preparedness, including the types of surveillance needed to prepare and detect outbreaks, and how these alert and inform and guide the response. We'll also look at the essential role of preparing health systems in country to detect and respond to outbreaks. And looking ahead to detect the next outbreak through horizon scanning and risk assessment systems. In the second half of this week, the focus shifts from outbreak preparedness to outbreak response.

Skip to 1 minute and 7 secondsHere, we'll answer questions like; what is an outbreak response? How is an outbreak response triggered? How is an outbreak response funded and coordinated? We will review both national and international perspectives on how an outbreak response team is deployed. And we'll conclude this week by exploring the roles of ethics and research in outbreaks. We hope you enjoy the week and we strongly encourage you to continue sharing your thoughts and reflections with us, and with each other, in the comment areas of each step.

Welcome to Week 2 

In this step, Hilary Bower (LSHTM) introduces our topic for Week 2: “How do we prepare for and respond to outbreaks?”. This week, we will cover a range of topics from how outbreak responses get triggered, to how these responses are then funded and coordinated.

As a reminder, 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