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CDC's Global Rapid Response Team Is a First Responder to Health Threats Worldwide

JUN 28, 2016 | LORRAINE L. JANECZKO, MPH
When a health emergency erupts somewhere in the world, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) quickly sends its new Global Rapid Response Team (Global RRT). Roughly 50 on-call staff members are ready to deploy wherever needed anytime at short notice to support and enhance the CDC’s emergency response capacity.
 
Since the Global RRT mobilized about a year ago, it has been supporting emergency public health efforts with rapid assessment, surveillance, risk communication, field logistics, coordination, epidemiology, lab support, as well as longer-term capacity building, staffing and management, health promotion and partnership building.
 
Several members of the Global RRT, in the Division of Global Health Protection (DGHP), summarized their recent projects and what they've learned so far in a special session, Global Rapid Response Team — An Agency-Wide Approach to Supporting CDC’s Response to Global Outbreaks and Humanitarian Emergencies, presented on May 5, 2016 at the 65th Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
 
Carlos Navarro Colorado, MD, MSc, PhD, gave an overview of the program.
 
RRTs strengthen the CDC's emergency response to global health threats, supporting CDC experts and country offices, ministries of health and public health organizations worldwide at short notice. RRTs can also provide long-term emergency response and train in-country RRTs to work on the problem as well, he said. 
 
"RRTs help us quickly mobilize staff, supplies, and funding in emergency settings. This will enhance relationships with our partners in global health emergencies by forming the bridges we need in order to do this work before the emergencies happen," Dr. Colorado said.
 


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