Infectious diseases can put everyone at risk, including health workers. That’s why we work to make sure frontline health workers are armed with the most up-to-date training, the right tools for the situation, and the technology they need to stay connected and informed as they combat malaria, tuberculosis, Ebola, MERS, Zika, and more. That’s how the health workers we all rely on can keep providing care where we need it most—and even quash epidemics before they start.
Our key approaches include:
Boosting countries’ resilience to infectious diseases by strengthening health systems and preparing health workers to address emerging threats
Designing communication systems that help government officials stay in touch with frontline health workers during crises and beyond to more quickly respond to emerging health threats
Training community and facility-based health workers and laboratory technicians to treat and diagnose malaria and other infectious diseases
Integrating malaria program activities into antenatal care and HIV/AIDS treatment programs to strengthen existing services and reach vulnerable populations
Helping health facilities and providers to collect service statistics and to use those data for better decision-making
Strengthening preservice and inservice training to ensure health workers have the knowledge and skills they need to address the most urgent and common health needs of the communities they serve
Developed mHero, a two-way, mobile phone-based communication tool that keeps health system leaders in touch with frontline health workers during emergencies and beyond.
Refurbished 24 health huts in Senegal and provided updated training for community health workers on how to administer rapid diagnostic tests, provide artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACT) treatment, and educate community members on malaria.