For the purposes of this assessment, a crisis represents a major turning point at which the magnitude of the situation escalates dramatically. Your study should consider the whole episode of an major biological agent outbreak. In particular consider the information available in a chronological manner, the quality of interpretation, the type of crisis and the crisis response strategies. What successes and failures were identified? What are the implications for public health in underdeveloped countries? What were and are the effects on the management of other diseases? What were the lessons learned?
This assessment should demonstrate;
1. Your understanding of scientific and epidemiological data
2. Your knowledge of crisis management including dealing with constraints
3. your understanding of the role of Communications
4. The impact on other aspects of life in the affected population including trade, customs and public health services
Your presentation should
Provide an introduction to the agent in question, demonstrating succinctly your understanding of the capabilities of the agent.
Outline the sources of data and methods of analysis used in gathering the data
Present information and key issues relating to the agent, in various formats (written, graphic, diagrammatic etc as appropriate)
Present information on the key emerging issues, the population health impacts at the time, the situation at present and the changes, if any, which resulted from the incident.
You will present a poster of the incident using Vancouver/numerical referencing if preferred. You will be allocated a time slot of 20 minutes where you will be required to discuss your poster with an academic. Your poster should be no larger than A1 size. It must be clearly readable from a distance of 1.5 metres.
This coursework exposes students to a range of epidemiologic survey methods (especially in a pre-emptive role), to develop critical understanding of the need for survey and data, and to interpret results of data analysis and evaluate the usefulness of the data in a community context. In addition students will appreciate the role of communications in epidemiology and disease control and will realise and explore the social, financial, physical and medical constraints which can become apparent in outbreaks and crises.
The study should include critical thinking and analysis of:
• The evidence for the outbreak, epidemic or pandemic
• Identifying the complexities associated with such an event
• The cases (people affected directly or indirectly)
• The epidemiological and laboratory information (or lack of)
• Evidence in presentation of a literature review associated with the pathogen
• The effectiveness of the approach taken by different groups and authorities
• The effect on communities with cultures which must be over-ruled by the management strategies
• The culmination of the crisis management
• Lessons Learned
chose a topic which is appears historical, but likely to re-emerge, or a pathogen which is universally prevalent, or a pathogen which has variable incidence and prevalence across the globe, particularly in relation to health inequities and poverty.
IMPORTANT AREAS TO COVER ON THE POSTER OF DIPHTHERIA
1. Poster Structure
2. Background of Diphtheria
4.Prevention , example vaccination