Emergency Preparedness

Strengthening the readiness of health systems to deal with emergencies has been and continues to be a priority for JSI. JSI has helped community- and higher-level stakeholders develop public health response plans that include mass prophylaxis accessibility and distribution, risk communications, disease containment, medical surge programs, altered standards of care, help for special populations, and availability of medical supplies.

Disease outbreaks, emerging pandemic threats, and natural disasters often require reprioritizing project activities to save as many lives as possible, curb the spread of disease, and provide care for the injured and sick. We have built our portfolio on the front lines. In some instances, JSI offices have housed local officials and leaders whose offices have been destroyed.

In addition, we have developed and implemented training, evaluation, and rapid response programs, distributed vaccine management protocols and materials, and assisted with contracts management. We have also helped develop and implement recovery programs and non-pharmaceutical interventions to mitigate the first wave of disease outbreak before appropriate medicines or other supplies are available. While we are often on the front lines in an emergency, all JSI’s emergency activities are, however, conducted with an eye to longer-term development once the crisis has been averted.

Highlights

PROJECT
View details: Liberia Ebola Infection Prevention and Control Activity

Liberia Ebola Infection Prevention and Control Activity

JSI is partnering with the USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance and the Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to train health workers in infection prevention and manage the distribution of personal protective equipment.

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View details: Protecting Liberia's Borders

Protecting Liberia's Borders

JSI is training health workers to prevent cross-border transmission of infectious diseases.

PROJECT
View details: USAID | DELIVER PROJECT: Emerging Pandemic Threats

USAID | DELIVER PROJECT: Emerging Pandemic Threats

JSI managed a stockpile of outbreak response commodities, and provided procurement and distribution services to respond to outbreaks from avian flu to ebola worldwide and to pre-position supplies at regional and country levels for rapid deployment.

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View details: Fighting avian flu with puppets in Romania

Fighting avian flu with puppets in Romania

JSI and USAID partner to launch an innovative campaign to teach at-risk children how to protect themselves against a potential avian influenza outbreak.

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