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Objectives for Priority Area 1
Dedicate Resources to International Outbreak Assistance

  • Facilitate CDC participation in international outbreak investigations by
    • Developing standard operating procedures for responding to governments’ requests for outbreak assistance, in coordination with WHO
    • Identifying and purchasing equipment and reagents and increasing capacity for logistical support
    • Establishing standard procedures for distributing and tracking specimens for efficient testing at more than one CDC laboratory when the cause of an outbreak is unknown
    • Maintaining an inventory of CDC personnel with expertise in diseases of regional or global importance
    • Maintaining a registry of disease specialists outside of CDC who have expertise in diseases of regional or global importance (“Active Reserves”)
    • Developing research protocols that might be used during outbreak investigations for controlled trials of drug treatments or other public health interventions (see Priority Area 3)
    • Strengthening the capacity of developing countries to identify outbreaks and to request WHO, CDC, or other outside assistance as needed
  Box 13
  Outbreaks Among Refugees in Kosovo and the Sudan

Strengthen Diagnostic Capacity

  • Strengthen CDC laboratories (including CDC-based WHO Collaborating Centres) that can identify diseases that are rare or unknown, drug-resistant, or highly dangerous.

    This effort will include strengthening CDC’s capacity to identify animal diseases that can affect humans, working in conjunction with USDA and other partners.

  • Strengthen national public health laboratories in developing countries by providing diagnostic reference reagents, laboratory manuals, and training opportunities for laboratory scientists.

Strengthen Investigative Capacity at CDC

  • Rebuild CDC’s capacity to respond to international outbreaks.
  • Maintain and expand epidemiologic expertise in a wide range of pathogens, helping to create a new generation of experts in infectious disease prevention and control.
      Box 14
      WHO and CDC: Collaboration on International Outbreak Assistance
  • Ensure that the United States is prepared to assist in investigations of international bioterrorist incidents.
  • Continue to work with WHO and other partners to investigate epidemics that occur among refugees and displaced persons (Box 13).

Strengthen Control Efforts

  • Strengthen CDC’s capacity to provide prompt and effective epidemic control by assigning epidemiologists to help monitor disease spread overseas, laboratory scientists to provide rapid diagnostic testing, and social and behavioral scientists to design and implement community education and mobilization efforts.
  • Support efforts to provide supplies during outbreak emergencies by partners such as FDA, WHO, NGOs, pharmaceutical companies, multinational corporations, and other members of the private sector.

Offer Follow-Up

  • Offer to conduct follow-up activities at the site of an outbreak, in collaboration with ministries of health, WHO, International Emerging Infections Programs (IEIPs; see Priority Area 6), and existing national or donor-supported disease control programs. Activities may include
    • Sharing data to guide ongoing control programs
    • Improving infection control practices
    • Building laboratory capacity
    • Establishing ongoing surveillance for the outbreak pathogen
    • Implementing long-term prevention strategies through the application of proven health tools (see also Priority Area 4)

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Booklet Contents
item Contributors
item Table of Contents
item Preface
item Executive Summary
item Introduction
item International Cooperation To Combat Infectious Diseases
item U.S. Investment in Global Public Health
item Protecting the health of U.S. citizens at home and abroad
item Furthering U.S. humanitarian efforts
item Providing economic and diplomatic benefits
item Enhancing security
item CDC's Role in Promoting Global Public Health
item An evolving mission
item Vision for the Future
item Partnerships and Implementation
item Priorities and Objectives
1. International Outbreak Assistance
item Objectives
2. A Global Approach to Disease Surveillance
item Objectives
3. Applied Research on Diseases of Global Importance
item Objectives
4. Application of Proven Public Health Tools
item Objectives
5. Global Initiatives for Disease Control
item Objectives
6. Public Health Training and Capacity Building
item Objectives
item List of Boxes
item Acronyms
item Appendix A
item Appendix B
item Appendix C
item Appendix D
item Appendix E
item Acknowledgments
item References

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Date published: 2002

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