As part of the Centers for Disease Control’s response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the CDC has organized an instruction team to train health care workers before they deploy. Dr. Donna Haiduven, associate professor in the Department of Global Health, USF College of Public Health, has joined the team.
The hands-on training that Dr. Haiduven and colleagues provide requires a building large enough to simulate an Ebola treatment center, she said, and another big enough to house the instructors. Lacking the space at its Atlanta headquarters, the CDC holds the training sessions at the Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA’s Region IV headquarters in Anniston, Alabama.
Instructors fly to Atlanta, then travel via rental car to Alabama for the four-day sessions.
“The students in the class are either deploying in the very near future or are trying to get scheduled to deploy,” Dr. Haiduven explained. “It is a three-day course for the people going to Africa and a one-day course for new trainers.”
The sessions began in early October 2014 and are scheduled through April 30. Dr. Haiduven has participated in four of the sessions, three in consecutive weeks, a week off over Thanksgiving week, then a final session the first week of December 2014. She plans to participate in several more in early this year.