In 2014 there was a major outbreak of Ebola in western Africa. Healthcare workers from around the world responded and were subsequently exposed, some losing their life to the disease. There was widespread concern from home countries about the possible spread of this disease out of the quarantined area and globally. Such epidemics are a health thread that stretches well beyond the initial outbreak site. This has occurred also with SARS, Bird Flu, and MERS. With the easy and speed of global transportation, it has increased the likelihood of an outbreak spreading even before it has been established that it is a threat. In addition to infectious disease threats, there are other emergencies that threaten the health of a community, state, or country such as natural disasters, bioterrorism, chemical emergencies, blast injuries, radiation emergencies, etc). This means that countries and local communities must be prepared to protect the health of the citizens.
You will assume the role of a new healthcare worker for the CDC. You will investigate the risks, needs, resources, and services that would be needed in the case of a widespread outbreak in a community of your choice. This will include:
- assessing the community
- determining the possible risks and weak points in the health system
- determining the current and needed resources and services
- developing a plan of action in the event of an outbreak or emergency either from within the country or from a global source.
You will have one deliverable. A oral report (powerpoint) given to the local community leaders, that addresses the points above.