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2016 Year In Review

Partnerships and Collaboration

  • Served as a fundamental resource and partner for supply chain expertise and access to stakeholders across federal agencies, the commercial pharmaceutical supply chain industry, and non-governmental organizations.
  • Provided state respiratory therapists and other healthcare professionals with information and live and online training sessions necessary to use the stockpile’s ventilators during large-scale public health emergencies.
  • Hosted a workshop with the Health Industry Distributors Association (HIDA) and more than 30 of its members to explore important pharmaceutical supply chain issues and how they can effectively operate during an incident that impacts the nation’s health.

Stockpile’s Innovative Response to Halt Zika Virus Outbreak

Zika Volunteer

During the Zika virus outbreak that emerged in early 2016, the stockpile stepped outside of its traditional role and helped CDC’s agency-wide response to Zika in a new way. Rather than providing medicines and supplies on hand, stockpile responders were tapped for their specialized expertise and knowledge of medical logistics and supply chain operations in support of the response.

  • Continued close collaboration with suppliers and other federal and state agents to ensure awareness of the supply chain status of products needed for prevention measures
  • Collaborated with the CDC Foundation (due to limited government funds) to help obtain Zika prevention products
  • Acquired supplies needed to help pregnant women protect themselves from Zika virus.
  • Used supplies to create a Zika Prevention Kit in a handy carrying case.
  • Assembled and distributed approximately 31,000 Zika Prevention Kits to areas with known Zika virus infections, including:
    • American Samoa
    • Puerto Rico
    • U.S. Virgin Islands
    • Palau
    • Republic of Marshall Islands
    • Federated States of Micronesia
    • Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands
    • Guam
  • Distributed 10,000 EPA-approved insect repellents to Texas and 10,000 to Florida.
  • Arranged for affected jurisdictions to purchase and distribute kits to their populations using their grant funding, which will provide them quicker access to critical preventative measures and supplies to help curb the spread of the Zika virus.
  • Oversaw mosquito spraying for more than 9,000 residential homes, hospitals, schools, and churches across the affected jurisdictions.
  • Partnered with the ministry of health and a local hospital to use “zone nurses.” These nurses, equipped with lists of pregnant women in the area, used latitude and longitude to plot direction using a Google Earth map to locate homes.
  • Conducted interior and exterior spraying as a preventative measure for these pregnant women and their families.
  • Deployed 22 stockpile personnel for 30-day rotations to U.S. territories, including Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands, to provide on-the-ground support for Zika prevention, including management of mosquito spraying contracts.
  • Utilized 68 staff members both in the field and behind the scenes at headquarters to support logistics, finance, science, and warehouse shipping and distribution.

Technical Assistance, Training, and Exercise Support

  • Conducted a series of four webinars tailored to federal, state, local and private-sector partners to improve supply chain understanding, identify challenges experienced in previous public health emergency responses and enhance relationships necessary for rapid response in the future.
  • Assisted state and local public health jurisdictions with inventory accountability and control by hosting 10 training webinars, supporting 18 state and local exercises, and providing a customized Inventory Management and Tracking System with intensive on-site training in Puerto Rico to help track the procedures being used to prevent the spread of Zika.
  • Leveraged cost-effective training partnerships working with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Center for Domestic Preparedness, Guam and the Pacific Islands territories, HealthCare Ready, and the National Association of County and City Health Officials to conduct 39 objective-based trainings for 2,232 emergency responders representing 43 different jurisdictions.

Global Health Security Agenda

  • Supported Global Health Security Agenda, sending six stockpile experts to help create a national framework for sending and receiving medicines and materials (medical countermeasures) among international partners during public health emergencies.
  • Hosted three workshops in developing countries, including:
    • Ethiopia
    • Uganda
    • Cameroon
  • Enhanced developing countries’ ability to detect and respond to public health threats within their borders and manage medicines and materials (medical countermeasures) in a large-scale public health emergency.