Outbreak READY 2!: Thisland in Crisis Overview
What is the Outbreak READY 2!: Thisland in Crisis simulation?
Outbreak READY 2!: Thisland in Crisis is an online digital simulation designed for humanitarian health practitioners. In Outbreak READY 2!: Thisland in Crisis, you take the role of a Health Program Manager leading the health response for a medium-sized, international NGO named READY. The NGO operates in Thisland, a fictitious, low-income country that has experienced recent civil conflict, mass displacement, and an influenza epidemic. The simulation is divided into three chapters that follow an evolving outbreak from the first detection to its spread throughout the population. As Health Program Manager, you will identify, assess, and interpret sources of data to plan and implement an integrated outbreak response that prioritizes communication and community engagement, protection principles, and staff safety and well-being.
Outbreak READY 2!: Thisland in Crisis builds upon but is independent from Outbreak READY!, READY’s first digital outbreak simulation, in which the learner takes the role of a Team Lead during the aforementioned influenza epidemic. While Outbreak READY 2!: Thisland in Crisis takes place after the events of Outbreak READY!, it is not necessary to play Outbreak READY! before playing Outbreak READY 2!: Thisland in Crisis.
Who is the Outbreak READY 2!: Thisland in Crisis simulation for?
The simulation is designed for national and international NGOs responding to humanitarian emergencies, particularly targeting NGO health staff, including health program managers and coordinators, RCCE focal points, and community health workers.
What is the purpose of the Outbreak READY 2!: Thisland in Crisis simulation?
Outbreak READY 2!: Thisland in Crisis provides learners an opportunity to test and apply the following skills:
- Applied epidemiology for clinical and public health response: Implementing and coordinating a data-driven health response to an evolving infectious disease outbreak.
- Effective communication and community engagement: Developing and implementing a Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) strategy using a data-driven approach.
- Humanitarian Leadership: Minimizing risks and vulnerabilities to crisis-affected people, staff, and partners throughout an outbreak response.
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The Outbreak READY 2!: Thisland in Crisis digital simulation was developed by the READY initiative. We would like to thank the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health for its leadership, and all READY consortium partners and serious game consultant Rex Brynen for their time, input, and efforts throughout all stages of development. In addition, we would like to thank all the humanitarians from agencies and locations around the world who took the time to play each version and provide critical feedback to strengthen both the design and the content of Outbreak READY 2!: Thisland in Crisis. Outbreak READY 2!: Thisland in Crisis was created in collaboration with the game development studio &RANJ. The simulation would not be possible without their team’s innovative design and creative contributions.