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Global Health

LOCAL SOLUTIONS. GLOBAL IMPACT

CRDF Global strengthens global health and health security through collaborative technical assistance and research to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease outbreaks and other global health challenges. Our multi-sectoral, scalable approaches promote global engagement, partnerships, and empower local solutions for sustainability and self-reliance. With over 25 years of experience working in complex and high- risk environments, we can quickly mobilize resources that support Global Health Security, lab system strengthening, HIV/AIDS & TB technical assistance, One Health, biosafety and biosecurity best practices, and collaborative research.

REGIONS
Africa | Asia | Central Asia, Eastern Europe, & Former Soviet Union | Middle East & North Africa | Western Hemisphere

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Emergency Response to Disease Outbreaks

During disease outbreaks and emergencies, CRDF Global can rapidly deploy our global subject matter experts that have extensive backgrounds, cultural knowledge, and local relationships specific to regional needs. We can quickly procure equipment and deliver laboratory supplies, conduct trainings to key stakeholders, and carry out data collection and reporting in high-risk and remote regions. For example, CRDF Global is actively supporting the response to the current Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Ongoing efforts include:

  • Deploying emergency response experts
  • Supervising response activities
  • Supporting WHO efforts to establish the National Infection Control and Prevention (IPC) Taskforce; develop a national strategic response plan; and draft, update, and modify key guidelines, protocols, and standard operating procedures for various IPC interventions
  • Facilitating information sharing between national and base level IPC WASH commissions/ collaboration
  • Developing a pre-deployment orientation for Ministry of Health surge staff to fill knowledge gaps
  • Providing biosafety trainings and much needed medical supplies, including PPE

Global Health Security

CRDF Global advances the Global Health Security Agenda through prevention, detection, and response to both accidental and nefarious releases of dangerous pathogens and threats. We promote internationally standardized best practices; secure institutions and pathogens; and encourage multilateral and multi-sectoral engagements and partnerships. CRDF Global also serves on the Global Health Security Agenda Consortium and the No More Epidemics campaign.

Diagnostics, Surveillance & Reporting in High-Risk Environments

CRDF Global develops and executes plans to identify specific security risks and mitigation strategies. We assess the operating and risk environment of a country or region and then take the appropriate steps to minimize and neutralize them. We prioritize the physical security of staff, participants, and facilities. On all projects, we partner with International SOS, the world’s leading medical and travel security company. International SOS provides CRDF Global staff with regional backgrounds, risk assessments, and security alerts prior to the start of each project. Once a project begins, participants have access to the International SOS’ global network of 24/7 medical personnel, security experts, and assistance coordinators in 99 languages to help with any travel needs or issues, including emergency evacuations. Our long-term experience in countries like Yemen, Iraq, Somalia, northern Nigeria, Libya, Afghanistan, and Pakistan has yielded well-establish relationships with trusted in-country security personnel, logistical service providers, and key government stakeholders. These relationships allow us to carry out successful global health initiatives despite risks.

Laboratory System Strengthening

We strengthen laboratory capacity through the design and implementation of national disease surveillance systems, risk detection and mitigation, laboratory enhancements, workforce capacity building, curriculum development, mentorship, exchange programs and quality management. In the Philippines, CRDF Global established the Advanced Biosafety Officer Training (ABOT) program to build human capacity and workforce development. Since 2011, CRDF Global has implemented a total of five iterations of the training course and certification program in the Philippines and then expanded the program to Malaysia and Indonesia, building awareness of global health security principals among over 200 professionals.

Multisectoral Coordination

CRDF Global designs multisectoral, customized and targeted capacity building programs. Since 2014, CRDF Global has trained 587 participants at over 30 events on field epidemiology, disease surveillance, One Health, diagnostics, emergency response, HAZMAT, and other global health related topics.

Creation of One Health Coordinating Bodies

CRDF Global has successfully created One Health coordinating bodies in Kenya, Somalia, and Yemen. These national bodies play a crucial role in coordinating activities within their national governments and operate successfully without our continued support. In Kenya for example, CRDF Global worked with local government agencies to establish the Zoonotic Disease Unit to manage and respond to suspected cases of infectious diseases and coordinate disease surveillance, detection, diagnosis and reporting between the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Agriculture. The Zoonotic Disease Unit has facilitated communication between ministries; standardized reporting, surveillance, and detection policy and procedures; provided training for local, regional and national facilities; and respond to all suspected cases of infectious diseases. The ZDU is now an integrated and permanent government office supported by the Kenyan government.

Grants and Program Management

With over 24 years of program management experience, we manage the delivery of grants using program management best practices. Our systems initiate grant proposal solicitations, selection processes, contracting, award management, compliance monitoring and grant close-out. CRDF Global has strengthened global health in over 35 countries in Africa, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, and post-Soviet states through our comprehensive grants program that delivers support directly to local institutions for laboratory security upgrades, workforce development, and equipment procurement to mitigate global health risks. This flexible program can be tailored to address various needs, priorities, and risks. At a laboratory institution in Ukraine, CRDF Global delivered grants to upgrade laboratory infrastructure, enhance sanitation resources, and train staff on global health security concepts and techniques.

HIV/AIDS & TB Treatment

CRDF Global has led efforts to advance national programs to control, prevent, and treat HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis in PEPFAR countries by implementing and evaluating strategies for rapid diagnosis, technical trainings, improving HIV/AIDS treatment, and surveillance and reporting. With CDC’s Division of Tuberculosis Elimination (DTBE), CRDF Global provided technical assistance across a diverse portfolio of activities in PEPFAR countries, including HIV/TB co-infection. In 35 countries, CRDF Global coordinated with government agencies, non-governmental organizations, local health care workers, and community-based organizations in partnership with CDC-DTBE experts to implement a large volume of technical assistance projects.

Innovative Solutions in Low-Resource Environments

CRDF Global was founded on the principal that collaborating across borders, including low-resource environments, is the key to sustainable global change. CRDF Global collaborated with the Ministries of Health in Kenya to conduct risk assessments and develop low-cost, sustainable solutions to mitigate potential misuse of high-risk pathogens at laboratories across the country. CRDF Global identified low-cost improvements in security that can be made in low-resource environments where there is significant risk to the workforce and surrounding communities. CRDF Global trained the workforce on biorisk management and integrated the facilitates with national biosafety and biosecurity guidelines using iPads and mobile platforms that allow for rapid data collection and sharing information with government agencies. CRDF Global has also developed a custom approach called REDOX Remote training | Expert Discussion | On-site Exercises. REDOX is an exclusive, adaptable combination of online, remote, and in-person engagements developed to leverage 20+ years of successfully implementing capacity building programs, international technical exchanges, and a network of expertise across many disciplines, including resource-limited and culturally diverse environments. REDOX uses in-person activities like hands-on practicums to establish understanding. Online, customized materials, trainings, access to experts and forums complement and extend the learning. This e-learning platform operates in low band-width and rural environments, allowing individuals to download over cellular networks and participate at their own pace and schedule.