Volume 23, Supplement—December 2017
Global Health Security Supplement
Establishment of CDC Global Rapid Response Team to Ensure Global Health Security
|Limited in-country capacity to detect and respond to disease outbreaks (1)
||Support the development of national outbreak detection and response systems
|Wide range of technical expertise required to address needs of a large outbreak response (1)||Recruit team members with a wide range of technical expertise and experience|
|Train responders in multiple technical areas for high-risk diseases
|Establishing working partnerships with governments and partner organizations for more efficient coordination (1,19,20)||Train responders on working with partner organizations, incident management systems, cultural sensitivity, and foreign languages|
|Recruit dedicated, ready responders who can mobilize for up to 6 mo for stronger partner relationships and improved coordination
|Short mobilizations (traditionally 30 d) and frequent rotation of staff disrupted continuity of response activities (19,20)||Recruit dedicated responders who are available and ready to mobilize for up to 6 mo if needed|
|Expand the typical mobilization length of those in leadership roles|
|Develop best practices and systems for information management in field response
|Responder preparation and readiness (19)||Strengthen safety, security, and responder wellness training through a GRRT orientation|
|Support continuous learning by offering frequent technical trainings on priority topics|
|Track responder international travel–related mobilization requirements, training, and clearance compliance|
|Obtain supervisor preapproval for mobilizations during on-call months
|Identifying appropriate responders (19)
||Roster GRRT responders and tracking skills and experience to match staffing needs
|Limited foreign language capacity (20)
||Develop a program to develop and validate foreign language capacity
|Logistical support for field efforts (19)||Roster a group of dedicated and surge logisticians who can mobilize to provide support directly to responders in the field or coordinate with Atlanta-based logistics personnel to provide support|
*GRRT, Global Rapid Response Team.
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