We Wrote the Book on How to Approach Outbreaks Like COVID-19. See What We’ve Learned From Our Previous Experience

Rules for managing outbreaks were created long before COVID-19. For example, engaging the local community and understanding their norms are important when managing an outbreak.
How do we know?
Because we’ve been there, we’ve studied outbreaks, and we literally wrote a book on it.
Our expert team of infectious disease clinical research specialists have studied outbreaks such as H5N1, HIV, Zika and Ebola. Written by these industry veterans, this e-book includes eight key points based on lessons learned from the front lines. A few include:
  • Education and communication reduce fear and panic in an outbreak
  • To fight an outbreak, borders must be dissolved, and countries need to act as a global community
  • Preparedness of health care systems and qualified research networks are essential

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Pandemic Experience Means Expert Guidance

When COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, the FHI Clinical team immediately grasped the challenges that the search for vaccines and treatments would present. We’ve been here before, addressing everything from the global threat of malaria to outbreaks of Ebola in West Africa, Zika in the Americas, and chikungunya in the Caribbean during the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. In this blog post, we describe the steps to take and the critical questions to ask.

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Data: The Key to Effective Outbreak Responses

In times like the ongoing pandemic when information overload can happen very quickly, it is helpful to go back to basics. What data do we need to inform our response to a new infectious disease threat? In the presence of a novel virus for which we have little to no information, what is the best approach to minimize the risks? In this blog post, we discuss the importance of reliable data during outbreaks.

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Responsive Approaches: Adapting Our Work to the New Realities of COVID-19

As FHI Clinical begins supporting rapid start-up of clinical trials vital to containing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting the global community, we are also adapting our ongoing work to the new reality of this global pandemic. We are closely monitoring the situation on the ground in the countries where we work and repurposing team members to support COVID-19 response needs.

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