An Unprecedented Challenge
The COVID-19 pandemic has dealt the world a challenge of unprecedented magnitude. As of April 8, the global case count is more than 1,450,000, with more than 83,000 deaths. As their health systems are tested and their populations’ movements are restricted, countries are experiencing far-reaching economic and social consequences, reminding us that public health is fundamental to, and inextricable from, all other aspects of society.
Field epidemiology (and laboratory) training programs (FETPs or FELTPs) train the workforce needed to detect and respond to health threats like COVID-19. Across the globe, FETPs and FELTPs have been fighting the pandemic by engaging in the following emergency preparedness and response pillars outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO):
- Country-level coordination, planning and monitoring
- Risk communication and community engagement
- Surveillance, rapid response teams, and case investigation
- Points of entry
- National laboratories
- Infection prevention and control
- Case management
- Operational support and logistics
Images from a Global Response: See FETPs and FELTPs in Action
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