Infectious Diseases

Infectious diseases can put everyone at risk, including health workers. That’s why we work to make sure frontline health workers are armed with the most up-to-date training, the right tools for the situation, and the technology they need to stay connected and informed as they combat malaria, tuberculosis, Ebola, MERS, Zika, and more. That’s how the health workers we all rely on can keep providing care where we need it most—and even quash epidemics before they start.

Our key approaches include:

  • Boosting countries’ resilience to infectious diseases by strengthening health systems and preparing health workers to address emerging threats
  • Designing communication systems that help government officials stay in touch with frontline health workers during crises and beyond to more quickly respond to emerging health threats
  • Training community and facility-based health workers and laboratory technicians to treat and diagnose malaria and other infectious diseases
  • Integrating malaria program activities into antenatal care and HIV/AIDS treatment programs to strengthen existing services and reach vulnerable populations
  • Helping health facilities and providers to collect service statistics and to use those data for better decision-making
  • Strengthening preservice and inservice training to ensure health workers have the knowledge and skills they need to address the most urgent and common health needs of the communities they serve

Selected Achievements

Developed mHero, a two-way, mobile phone-based communication tool that keeps health system leaders in touch with frontline health workers during emergencies and beyond.
Helped four countries—Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Mali—adopt and adapt IntraHealth’s mHero communication system to fit their health systems’ needs.
Refurbished 24 health huts in Senegal and provided updated training for community health workers on how to administer rapid diagnostic tests, provide artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACT) treatment, and educate community members on malaria.
Trained 775 traditional healers in 16 health districts in Mali to recognize the symptoms of malaria and to refer severe cases early.


Photo by Morgana Wingard via CC BY-NC 2.0.