Why did READY develop this Epidemiology and Modeling training?
The COVID-19 pandemic has generated a wealth of epidemiological data and models that are needed for strategic scenario, programmatic, and safety planning in humanitarian settings. For this information to be used widely by the humanitarian community during this pandemic and any future large scale outbreaks, stakeholders should be trained on the definitions and uses of infectious disease epidemiological data and models.
The goal of this free training was to equip participants with foundational infectious disease epidemiology and modeling concepts to be able to have a better command of the interpretation of common data that is available for humanitarian emergencies.
It also explained and demonstrated how key data translates to models in large-scale disease outbreaks and prepares the learner to engage with and make use of epidemiological data and models in a variety of outbreaks. Following completion of an 8-hour training over 2 weeks, participants should be able to use epidemiological data, models, and scenarios to inform their humanitarian work.