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It Takes a Village: A Community Approach to Stopping Outbreaks in Guinea

A health worker washes her hands outside a training on infection prevention and control practices.

A health worker washes her hands outside a training on infection prevention and control practices.

Photo credit: Patrick Adams/RTI International

Three years ago, Ebola in a remote area in Guinea spread and grew into the world's first epidemic of the virus. We quickly saw that the most effective way to stop infectious diseases from spreading was to involve the whole community. Now Guinea is applying lessons from the Ebola response, including engaging in community outreach, building triage centers at healthcare facilities to better detect the next outbreak, and training healthcare workers to stop future outbreaks from turning into epidemics.

The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) features a three-part series that delves into the work of Epi-détecte, a five-year surveillance and health information system strengthening project that engages local health workers and the community in protecting everyone from potentially deadly diseases like Ebola. The project focuses on gaining the trust of the community and keeping them safe from the spread of disease.

This important work, led by the CDC and RTI International, will help Guinea reach the goals of the Global Health Security Agenda by improving the country's ability to rapidly detect, respond to, and control infectious disease threats.

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This story illustrates Guinea's commitment to meeting specific targets of the Global Health Security Agenda:

  • Workforce Development: Expanding the pool of skilled healthcare workers who can prevent, detect, and respond to outbreaks to keep a country and the world safer from diseases.
  • Real-Time Surveillance: Launching and strengthening global networks of disease-surveillance systems that quickly detect outbreaks and assess risks.

The work featured in this story was done through close partnership with RTI International, an independent, nonprofit institute that provides research, development, and technical services to government and commercial clients worldwide. CDC and RTI international continue to partner with Guinea on strengthening systems and implementing innovative programs to help keep the country safe from infectious disease threats.

This Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) Success Story taken with permission from: – It Takes a Village