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Future Health Threats: Respond

How might we help equip healthcare workers and community members with the necessary tools and information to more effectively prevent, contain, and respond to outbreaks?

On the frontlines of a disease outbreak, healthcare workers must be swift and precise to save lives and prevent further spread of disease. Yet in environments where electricity is intermittent, infrastructure is weak, essential medicines are in short supply, and both human and financial resources are often scarce, even performing routine care can be challenging. How might we help equip healthcare workers with the necessary tools to more effectively respond to outbreaks in resource constrained communities?

In addition, community actions can make or break a disease outbreak response. When effectively recognized, mobilized and incentivized, communities can and will participate eagerly in activities around surveillance as well as personal, household and community protection. How might we develop out-of-the-box approaches that inform, empower, and motivate communities to prevent disease outbreaks and to identify, report, and control outbreaks when they occur?  

Community Engagement

The outlook and actions of communities can strongly affect our ability to respond to outbreaks. When communities are recognized, mobilized and incentivized the right way, they’re more likely to participate in surveillance activities, assist with the deployment of vector control tools, and focus on effective personal and household protection. On the other hand, a lack of meaningful community engagement might lead to misinformation, distrust of the health system, and an unwillingness to adopt behaviors that might prevent further spread of disease.

How might we better inform, empower and motivate communities to...

1) Prevent outbreaks

2) Identify, report and control outbreaks when they occur

3) Support the health system response to outbreaks – including the speedy dissemination of critical information

Healthcare Worker Tools

Healthcare workers on the front lines of a disease outbreak must be quick and precise to save lives and prevent further spread of disease. Yet healthcare workers often face environments where electricity is intermittent, infrastructure is weak, essential medicines are in short supply, and resources are scarce, even performing routine care can be challenging.

Help us find how we might design new tools and approaches that tackle these system-wide problems and enable healthcare workers to do their jobs better, faster, and cheaper.

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Hospital uniforms with smart threads that react when in contact with specified bacterias and keep track of health workers wellbeing.

Hospital uniforms with smart threads that react when in contact with specified bacterias and keep track of health workers wellbeing.

Photo of Silvana Zaldivar
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Creating a means of communication to facilitate transportation between people who need help and healthcare workers/providers.

Creating a means of communication to facilitate transportation between people who need help and healthcare workers/providers.

Photo of Neelansha Dwivedi
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