Global Health Security


ebola The ongoing Ebola outbreak is the largest and most deadly recorded in history. Abt Associates’ strong presence in Nigeria, Mali, and Senegal, and Abt’s work in Liberia has enabled us to monitor and survey the disease outbreak and stand ready to ensure rapid coordinated responses. We have developed risk mitigation guidance on basic prevention and pre- and post-staff travel to Ebola-affected countries, and identified and secured partnership with two strong clinical research organizations for rapid mobilization of field-based clinical research. We are also working with Senegal’s Ministry of Health on its Ebola coordination efforts.
Abt — a recognized leader in managing large, complex, health programs and contracts in more than 70 countries — provides systems-strengthening solutions at each level of the health system — national, district, and community — to combat the most challenging infectious diseases. We have improved the quality of high-impact health interventions for key populations, particularly in rural areas, and provided technical assistance at the regional, district, and facility levels through trainings and hands-on clinical capacity building, facilitative supervision, curriculum development, and provision of job aids and guidelines.
For 25 years, Abt has implemented USAID flagship health system strengthening (HSS) projects, and more recently, we have positioned ourselves as leaders in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-supported vaccine effectiveness study design and protocol development, both domestically and internationally. Through HSS, we assist countries to create more effective, equitable, and efficient systems that respond to consumer health needs and disease outbreaks. We apply the latest social and behavior change communication approaches to prevent the spread of disease and mitigate disease impacts, de-stigmatize infectious disease survivors, and improve public health.
Through the President’s Malaria Initiative Africa Indoor Residual Spraying Project, Abt has procured personal protective equipment for spraying in 12 African countries and shipped hundreds of face shields, overalls, gloves, and boots to Liberia. Our established relationships with vendors, both international and local, enable us to respond quickly to disease outbreaks, such as Ebola.

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Event: Global Health Security Threats – Are We Prepared?
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