IGC in collaboration with Emory University School of Medicine have developed a multisectoral Outbreak Investigation Workshop and a clinician-oriented Especially Dangerous Pathogens training workshop to expand efforts for quick diagnosis and better coordination. A tabletop model is used to support human and vet clinicians, public health professionals, and laboratorians in connecting the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration and systems activation. These training events result in improved surveillance, increased speed of differential diagnosis and clinical symptom identification, and teach epidemiological principles that mitigate outbreaks as they arise.
Training and Facilitation Projects In-Country
United States Department of Defense
In 2020, IGC in partnership with Emory University School of Medicine conducted the first outbreak investigation training in Istanbul, Turkey. This training was in support of the Middle East North African Toxicology Association (MENATOX), and was a part of the annual seminar. The participants learned key skills about epidemiology and surveillance measures.
In 2021, IGC, in partnership with Sandia National Laboratories and Emory University School of Medicine, was awarded a contract with the Department of State’s Chemical Security Program. The scope of work entails training professionals in both sectors of law enforcement and healthcare. The training was originally planned to be conducted in February of 2022, but due to the Omicron variant of COVID-19, it has now been rescheduled for 2023 at the MENATOX Conference in Abu Dhabi. More details about the training will be provided closer to the date.