Infectious Diseases

A community health volunteer picking up supplies during a seasonal malaria chemoprevention campaign

Our COVID-19 Solutions: Pandemic Preparedness, Response, and Recovery

COVID-19 has tested the resilience of countries, communities, and health systems. It has revealed dangerous gaps in critical health system functions, from preventing infections in health facilities to ensuring reliable supply chains for personal protective equipment and vaccines. It has brutally exposed inequities within and between countries and put health leaders to an urgent, all-consuming test. In both the countries where we work and through the global health coalitions we are active members of, we are supporting and advocating for investments in primary health care systems, policies, and leadership and engaging governments and communities to demand accountability.

Preventing and Controlling Infectious Diseases

While the science and know-how to detect outbreaks exist, there is a lack of leadership and coordination for epidemic prevention, preparedness, and response. Diseases spread at the community level, so it is vital to give local communities the tools to prevent this spread. In an increasingly globalized world, and with changes in climate and the environment affecting adaptations in diseases and the emergence of new ones, the ability to detect and control outbreaks is critical to safety and security. Our programs build capacity at all levels of a health system—hospital staff knowing how to prevent an infection, village sentinels reporting a suspicious disease outbreak, pharmacists keeping products available—to strengthen disease surveillance systems, reinforce strong national public health systems and workforces, and introduce and scale new tools to prevent and control infectious diseases.