Epidemiology and Modeling of Infectious Diseases in the Humanitarian Setting

A Save the Children-supported health facility in Goma, Eastern Province, DRC, during the Ebola epidemic declared in 2019. Image credit: Hugh Kinsella Cunningham / Save the Children

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.

The initial iteration of this training took place in February and March of 2021. READY is seeking ways to expand access to this training, but currently is not accepting new applications.

If you have any questions, please contact us at ready@savechildren.org.

Training Start Dates – 2021

  • Middle East – February 17th
  • Africa – March 4th
  • Asia – March 11th