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Outbreak response: Epidemiologist

In Step 1.13, we learned about the role of epidemiologists in outbreak control. In this step, Hilary Bower (LSHTM and UK-PHRST) will elaborate on the specific activities and interventions that …

Summary of Week 2

We have now reached the end of Week 2. By now you should have a clearer understanding of how we prepare for and respond to outbreaks. Next week we will …

Who responds to outbreaks?

In this step, Ngozi Erondu (Chatham House) gives a broad overview of who responds to outbreaks in international settings. This will include the different types of organizations that are involved; …

Q&A

Jimmy Whitworth (LSHTM) hosted a panel discussion with experts from different organisations involved in international outbreak response. The experts answered questions posed by learners on this course. Please watch the …

Top 5 Resources

This step lays out key readings for this week covering outbreak preparedness, detection and response. LSHTM. 2019. Animation: Disease outbreak preparedness. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1fDSWIqAGo HealthMap. Global map of disease outbreaks. …

What is an outbreak response?

In this step, Ibrahima Socé Fall (WHO) outlines eight key elements of an outbreak response that are required to stop an outbreak in a reasonable time. The eight elements include: …

How is an outbreak triggered? 

  Why is it important to declare an infectious disease event an “outbreak”? Declaring an infectious disease event an “outbreak” has importance in terms of drawing the necessary attention and …

How are outbreak responses funded and coordinated?

In this step, Daniel Carter (DFID) and Chikwe Ihekweazu (Nigeria Centre for Disease Control) explain how disease outbreaks are funded and coordinated. They will outline the different organizations involved; how …

Disease Surveillance Systems in Fragile Settings

Our article on What Types of Surveillance Exist? discussed different systems, how they can be combined and how disease surveillance systems adapt once an outbreak is suspected or confirmed. The …

Why do we need outbreak preparedness?

In the previous step we explored what outbreak preparedness is. Now we move on to why preparedness is necessary. Reflecting on experiences in Nigeria, Chikwe Ihekweazu (Nigeria Centre for Disease …