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Global health security

IntraHealth is closely monitoring the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). We're working to keep our staff safe and integrating virus response into our existing programs, so we can help keep communities around the world safe, too.

For up-to-date information on the spread of COVID-19, follow the World Health OrganizationUS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and local health ministry/bureau office websites.


Frontline health workers are every country's first defense when it comes to detecting, reporting, and responding to emerging threats. They have the power to stop epidemics in their tracks.

That's why we train and equip local frontline health workers on disease surveillance and response, infection prevention, occupational safety and health, and much more. It keeps health systems strong and resilient and helps keep our local and global communities safe.

How we approach it:

  • Digital health solutions: Our mHero platform—developed during the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa—connects ministries of health with frontline health workers in even the remotest regions, allowing for real-time information exchange and a more effective outbreak response. Our iHRIS platform helps countries manage their health workforce data and health worker training courses. We develop other other open source, data-driven digital health solutions as well.
  • Stronger supply chains: From vaccines to personal protective equipment to contraceptives, we work to ensure the supply chain workforce can scale up to meet the demands of emerging diseases while maintaining the availability of existing essential health products when and where they're needed most. We improve health worker performance and competencies through eLearning platforms and focus on maintaining productive staff and resilient HR systems.
  • Organizational development: We improve the performance and sustainability of health workers, partner organizations, and health systems around the world through our Optimizing Performance and Quality and other workforce development tools. We help health facilities make infection-prevention and workplace safety a priority, protecting health workers and their clients alike.
  • Ensuring frontline health workers have a seat at the policy table: From the halls of the United Nations to local government meetings, we lead and form partnerships to ensure policymakers know what frontline health workers need to do their jobs and elevate their voices to inform policy.


Resources


Selected Achievements

Helped stop an Ebola outbreak in Mali through training on infection prevention for local health workers.

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Developed mHero, a two-way, mobile phone-based communication system system that keeps health system leaders in touch with frontline health workers during emergencies and beyond.

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Helped four countries—Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Mali—adopt and adapt IntraHealth’s mHero communication system to fit their health systems’ needs.

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Watch Pape Gaye address the US Senate Committee on the International Response to the Ebola Epidemic: