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Ending Pandemics' Planning Grants

Communities engaged in the direct reporting of local health threats are earlier to detect dangers and faster to respond to health crises. The faster response depends on the bi-directional receiving and transmitting of data for action within the target population. This bi-directional approach, known as participatory surveillance, is the most cost-effective way to prevent and control any outbreak of human or animal disease.

Ending Pandemics recognizes the crucial role of planning in large-scale community projects such as the implementation of a Participatory Surveillance system, and is pleased to offer planning grants for developing a broadly accepted community plan of action. Community groups will have varying perspectives on how best to implement this innovative approach to direct community engagement, and each viewpoint must be carefully explored before implementation.

When it comes to directly engaging the community in participatory surveillance, it is imperative that all stakeholders are engaged from the onset. These planning grants will help support the necessary processes of gaining the political will and public trust essential for any successful participatory surveillance system. As more and more systems are embracing the multi-sectoral, One Health approach, the number of stakeholders to enlist from the beginning can be quite large and the processes to receive meaningful input must be carefully orchestrated.

Elements of a planning grant will include:

• Identify stakeholders and gauge interest in creating/expanding a participatory   
  surveillance system
• Creation of a management team that includes potential beneficiaries
• Community Assessments, need analyses, and need prioritization
• Activation and organization of target area residents and stakeholders
• Surveys of residents, users, customers, and potential beneficiaries
• Completion of feasibility or market studies
• Estimation of cost to implement the system in the future

A request for a planning grant to develop an action plan for any of the following aims:

Aim #1: Creation of a multi-sector, One Health participatory surveillance system
Aim #2: Expansion of an existing participatory surveillance system to include additional sectors in One Health
Aim #3: Adding bi-directionality to any existing community-based health monitor system to transform it into participatory surveillance.