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Meeting Targets and Maintaining Epidemic Control (EpiC): COVID-19

2019 - 2024

The Meeting Targets and Maintaining Epidemic Control (EpiC) project offers technical assistance to health systems to improve their capacity to prevent, prepare for and respond to COVID-19. EpiC has supported the response to COVID-19 in 56 countries across Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America.

Technical assistance provided by the EpiC project includes:

  • Supporting governments to coordinate COVID-19 response, including establishing or enhancing public health emergency operation centers and national technical working groups and engaging professional associations and faith-based organizations.
  • Strengthening clinical case management through virtual and in-person training, developing guidelines, establishing clinical communities of practice, convening webinars, developing and deploying online tools, engaging community health workers, providing psychosocial support to health care workers, and providing telehealth services.
  • Strengthening the medical oxygen ecosystem by assessing the capacity of health care facilities to provide oxygen therapy, procuring oxygen and related equipment and commodities, developing clinical and nonclinical guidelines for treatment of patients and for maintenance of oxygen systems, and building the capacity of health care workers and facility engineers to maintain the oxygen infrastructure and equipment.
  • Increasing COVID-19 vaccine coverage by improving service delivery.
  • Generating demand for COVID-19 vaccines through community engagement, traditional and social media campaigns, events, and communications materials.
  • Procuring critically needed consumables and supplies, including personal protective equipment, oxygen delivery equipment, patient monitors, pressure swing adsorption (PSA) oxygen-generating plants, and other consumables.
  • Increasing national diagnostic and laboratory capacity through procurement of lab equipment, reagents and IT equipment; training of laboratory staff on genomic sequencing, rapid and PCR testing, biosafety and security, contact tracing, and data system management; and development of standard operating procedures and guidelines.
  • Designing risk communication strategies to respond to emerging infectious diseases and develop subnational risk communication structures.
  • Addressing the mental health and psychosocial needs of health care workers, patients and clients through trainings, structural and operational changes, referral packages, counseling, and integration into existing health services.

Read more about EpiC’s HIV efforts.

Read more about EpiC's mpox efforts.

The EpiC Project: COVID-19 (fact sheet)

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