In response to the tragic outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa, ISID stepped in to offer travel grants to individuals to enable them to attend one of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) safety training courses to be prepared to work in an Ebola Treatment Unit in West Africa. The CDC course ran from October 2014 to March 2015. ISID received assistance from GlaxoSmithKline and the Niles Foundation.
Awards were made to individuals who joined the training at the CDC and went on to work in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Awardees hailed from USA, UK, Brazil, Austria, Cuba, Germany, Pakistan, Canada, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and Sierra Leone.
The CDC Ebola Safety Training Program has now ended and the ISID Travel Grants are thus no longer offered. Douglas H. Hamilton, MD, PhD, Anniston/CDC Ebola Safety Training Course Director, sent a thank you to ISID:
"On behalf of the entire ETU Safety Training Team I want to thank you for your support of CDCs course. To date, 480 healthcare workers have completed the course in Anniston, AL and have learned the principles of infection prevention and control needed to work safely in an ETU setting. I know many of our international participants were able to participate in the training thanks to the travel grants provided by ISID. It has been an honor and a privilege to meet and help prepare healthcare workers to operate safely in an ETU environment and we could not have done this without the support of partners such as ISID."
The CDC has developed an Ebola training toolkit which will be available shortly. The toolkit is for organizations (such as non-governmental organizations [NGOs]) to use to offer training to healthcare workers preparing to work in ETUs in Africa in response to the Ebola epidemic. Planning materials for the 3-day course
Link to story about the CDC Ebola Safety Training Course on National Public Radio (October 8, 2014).