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Covid-19 responsesee schedule o for descriptioncovid-19 responsein january 2020, the CDC Foundation activated its emergency response fund to support CDC's relief and recovery efforts in response to the novel coronavirus. During fy2020, the Foundation was able to mobilize more than $172 million in funding and in-kind contributions from a wide variety of donorsfoundations, corporations, government agencies and individualsto extend covid-19 response efforts. As covid-19 began to rapidly spread through the united states in february and march 2020, the CDC Foundation ramped up crucial efforts to support the many needs of federal, state and local officials. As the response advanced, the Foundation focused in on addressing three areas of needsupporting health equity, tackling frontline response challenges, and activating health protection campaigns. As part of its efforts in fy2020, the CDC Foundation distributed over 7 million pieces of personal protective equipment for front-line workers; provided urgently needed laboratory and medical equipment; started hiring what eventually included 1,000 surge staff for state, local, tribal and territorial health departments; supported and expanded covid-19 testing; aided long-term care facilities and community-based organizations serving at-risk populations; and supported much-needed communications campaigns, research and more. Examples of CDC Foundation support in fy2020 spanned from communication efforts to educate about covid-19 mitigation efforts and the importance of maintaining your mental health during the pandemic to development of a monitoring tool, called sara alert, for covid-19 and contact tracing that went live to support health departments in april 2020 as well as support for a help desk to educate and successfully onboard 750 jurisdictions, with over 1 million people having been monitored in the sara alert system. Domestically, outreach to vulnerable populations was extensive and included support to homeless populations, native americans, latinx, and african-american communities, rural communities and the establishment of the covid-19 health equity task force in partnership with the satcher health leadership institute at the morehouse school of medicine. Local response efforts may have been the most crucial in the fight against covid-19 with funding and partnerships allowing CDC Foundation to increase testing capacity and support contact tracing in numerous states across the country, provide ppe to frontline workers and surge staffing for overwhelmed public health departments in a time of critical need. On a global scale, the CDC Foundation strengthened the coordinating capacity of central laboratories to scale up covid-19 diagnostic testing through National laboratory networks of 15 sub-saharan african countries as prioritized by the africa CDC. Response work is continuing in fy2021 as the CDC Foundation continues to support critical response efforts that are needed to extend the response beyond available government support or bandwidth. More information is available at www.cdcfoundation.org.
Malaria zerosee schedule o for descriptionmalaria zeroin 2014, the bill and melinda gates Foundation granted $30 million to the CDC Foundation to support the u.s. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in leading a consortium of malaria experts aiming to eliminate indigenous malaria on the island of hispaniola by 2020. the malaria zero (mz) partnership is comprised of international and domestic academic, governmental and non-governmental partners including CDC, the CDC Foundation, the haiti ministry of public health and population, the dominican republic ministry of public health, the pan american health organization, the carter center, the clinton health access initiative, tulane university school of public health and tropical medicine and the london school of hygiene and tropical medicine. for the duration of the grant, the mz partners worked collectively to assist the countries of hispaniola to develop and implement evidence-based strategies. Components of this plan to reduce malaria transmission include: 1) improving and refining malaria surveillance systems to support decision-making and action; and 2) implementation of community-based interventions that are tailored to the level of the malaria risk in high-prevalence areas. From july 2019 to june 2020, mz continued to focus efforts in the grand-anse department of haiti, the area of the country with the highest burden of malaria cases. the package of interventions implemented included improvements in the surveillance system; as well as, hiring and training community health workers to increase diagnosis and treatment for malaria in remote areas. Persistent nation-wide political turmoil disrupted health services and led to a disproportionate rise in the number and geographic distribution of malaria cases (compared to the previous years). This rise in malaria transmission was further exacerbated by the covid-19 pandemic which caused widespread fear among the haitian population and led to avoidance of care seeking at health facilities including the diagnosis and treatment of malaria. To minimize disruptions to malaria services, mz worked with partners to ensure continuation of activities within the context of the pandemic, including purchasing personal protective equipment (ppe) and compliance with social distancing guidelines during trainings and meetings. Despite these challenges, mz remains on track to meet nearly all grant indicators during this period, the mz consortium also prioritized transition planning to ensure that progress will be sustained after the project ends. Partners presented transition plans at the mz steering committee meeting in february 2020 and engaged in subsequent discussions with the National malaria Control program (pncm) and global fund throughout 2020.
Opioid surge staffingsee schedule o for descriptionopioid surge staffingin 2018, the CDC Foundation was awarded a cooperative agreement (cdc-rfaot18-1804) by the u.s. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the amount of $10.57m to assist state health departments in building capacity to combat the rapid increase of deaths related to opioid overdoses across the country. the CDC Foundation hired 80 surge field employees and 16 contractors among various specialties across 13 states (Arizona, California, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, north carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, rhode island, Washington, Wisconsin and west Virginia) with a demonstrated capability to combat the opioid epidemic in their state. the surge staff were able to support and build operational capacity, deliver resources, conduct training, develop communications materials and lead campaigns, conduct data analysis, complete and close necessary reports and build meaningful partnerships. the CDC Foundation concluded the grant in late 2020 in which 35% of all surge staff and contractors were retained by state agencies to sustain the work the surge staff had been doing. the CDC Foundation project team also developed a surge staffing toolkit to share the experiences of developing and implementing a surge staffing model for the opioid crisis response as well as showcase considerations for replicating the model for future emergency responses. This toolkit has been published on National association of county and city health official's toolbox to share with the public health community.