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Preventing and Responding to Disease Outbreaks

We contribute to the Global Health Security Agenda: preventing avoidable JSI works to prevent avoidable epidemics and respond rapidly and effectively to disease outbreaks including COVID-19, Ebola, and malaria.epidemics, detecting threats early, and responding rapidly and effectively to disease outbreaks. We provide technical expertise to strengthen and expand local programs while educating communities about transmission and prevention, and ensuring that individuals who are sick receive effective treatment with the overarching goal of controlling outbreaks and reducing health disparity outcomes for priority populations.

COVID-19: Strengthen systems and directly implement clinical services 

  • Develop community-based COVID-19 services, to safely manage clients at home and conserve hospital beds for those who need it most
  • Conduct intensified community-surveillance via door-to-door and targeted community screening 
  • Develop Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) systems and coordinate information sharing with the public and private sector, and traditional leadership to sensitize communities
  • Restructure clinical and laboratory services to reduce COVID-19 transmission risk at health facilities
  • Strengthen supply chains to respond to the pandemic and ensure continuity of routine health services
  • Procure essential health commodities to address immediate commodities gaps 

Ebola and other disease outbreaks: Provide technical assistance and strengthen systems in partnership with host governments and civil society 

  • Improve surveillance systems
  • Assist partners to plan for and implement response measures including surveillance, health check points, referral and transport systems, and vector  control and disinfection approaches
  • Manage end-to-end supply chain activities. 
  • Supporting contingency planning and outbreak simulation exercises to improve 
  • Equip partners with the resources, skills, and systems to integrate services for multiple diseases 
  • Prevent, detect, and respond to epidemic threats including zoonotic and emerging infectious diseases 
  • Ensure that robust skills and systems are in place at the local level for preparedness, early identification and response
  • Prepare health information systems to track and report data related to the outbreak
  • Monitor disease trajectory and assist partners to establish post-outbreak services as needed
  • Coordinate with partners to identify and respond to clients’ psychosocial needs related to the outbreak
  • Build systems and services to address the mental health needs of healthcare workers post-outbreak. 

Malaria: Support and strengthen programs through leadership and technical assistance

  • Expand access to malaria prevention and treatment services at the community level.
  • Support training in malaria diagnosis and case management at all levels of the health system.
  • Strengthen supply chains for malaria products and systems for health care waste management.
  • Support surveillance, monitoring, evaluation, and strategic information
  • Implement community education activities on malaria prevention, care-seeking, and danger signs
  • Conduct regular malaria data review with health workers to quickly identify epidemiological trends and take action
  • Coordinate vector control activities with national campaigns, e.g. long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) and indoor residual spraying (IRS)

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