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Objectives for Priority Area 6
Establish International Emerging Infections Programs (IEIPs)
  • Help create International Emerging Infections Programs (IEIPs) that
    • Train local scientists and CDC personnel
    • Provide diagnostic and epidemiologic resources when outbreaks occur
    • Serve as platforms for regional infectious disease control activities
    • Conduct public health research of global importance
    • Disseminate proven health tools

Expand Training in Epidemiology, Public Health Management, and Laboratory Diagnostics

  • Increase training opportunities for foreign scientists in epidemiology, public health management, and state-of-the-art laboratory techniques. For example, CDC will provide training in
    • PulseNet’s methods for fingerprinting strains of foodborne bacteria (see Objectives for Priority Area 2)
    • Methods for identifying foodborne viruses
    • Drug susceptibility testing of pathogens of public health importance
    • DPDx, an Internet-based system to help confirm diagnoses of parasitic diseases
    • International public health management
    • Managing and implementing HIV treatment and prevention programs in Global AIDS Program countries (see Objectives for Priority Area 5)
  • Work through TEPHINET and other mechanisms to provide technical assistance to health authorities in countries that are establishing or expanding national schools of public health, new Field Epidemiology Training Programs (FETPs), new Sustainable Management Development Programs, or the Rockefeller Foundation-supported Public Health Schools Without Walls (PHSWOW). TEPHINET is a public health network network that links FETP and PHSWOW staff.
  •   Box 18
      CDC's Role in the Evaluation of Vaccines Against Diseases of Global Importance
    Help increase the number of public health workers in developing countries who are trained in vaccine work by
    • Encouraging training efforts by foreign governments, foundations, and donor organizations (e.g., the WHO public health training project in Lyon, France)
    • Incorporating training components into such projects as the U.S.-India Vaccine Plan, the Egyptian Schistosomiasis Vaccine Development Project, and the HIV vaccine trials in Kenya and Côte d’Ivoire (Box 18)
    • Training national and regional health workers in vaccine program planning, monitoring, and evaluation as part of GAVI’s effort to improve routine immunization services and to introduce new and underutilized vaccines into developing countries
  • Provide training opportunities that increase international expertise in the detection and treatment of prenatal and perinatal infections.
  • Expand the cohort of public health professionals at CDC who have international infectious disease expertise, by
    • Creating an inventory of CDC staff to identify gaps in international expertise
    • Developing an international infectious disease training program or seminar series for CDC staff, in collaboration with public health and medical schools
    • Establishing an exchange program that enables visiting scientists from other countries to work at CDC and vice versa
    • Working with the Association of Schools of Public Health and the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine to increase the number of graduate courses that cover global infectious disease issues
  • Expand opportunities for training in-hospital infection control and clinical surveillance by providing
    • Train-the-trainer courses in hospital epidemiology
    • Technical assistance to hospital staff in designing and implementing programs to reduce transmission of nosocomial pathogens
    • Consultation to USAID and other donor organizations on infectious disease projects that build infrastructure to improve the provision of prenatal and perinatal care in developing countries

Enhance Availability of Guidelines and Other Publications

  • In collaboration with WHO and international experts, draft regional healthcare guidelines on the judicious use of antibiotics, including antibiotics that are purchased over-the-counter. Regional healthcare guidelines can be used to mount public health education campaigns on antibiotic usage to help retard the development of drug resistance.
  • Provide consultation to ministries of health in developing national guidelines for
    • Hospital infection control, including prevention of hospital acquired pneumonia, TB, HIV/ AIDS, and other nosocomial infections of local concern.
    • Management of exposures to bloodborne pathogens like HIV and hepatitis B and C.

  • Disseminate new information on infectious disease issues through the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), the Emerging Infectious Diseases journal, and the CDC Web site.

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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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