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The IFRC has long focused on helping communities prepare and respond to health emergencies through its 192 Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies. Launched in 2017 with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development, IFRC’s Community Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness Program (CP3) scales up that effort. The program strengthens the ability of communities, National Societies and other partners in 8 target countries to prevent, detect and respond to disease threats and play a significant role in preparing for future risks.

How the Programme works
8 Target Countries

CP3 is different in each country where it is being rolled out. The program is designed to be adaptable—based on the country’s priorities, needs, risks and capacities. It also complements and builds on existing national emergency response plans. The program has started in
Indonesia, Uganda, Cameroon, Kenyathe Democratic Republic of CongoSierra Leone, Guinea and Mali.

Preparing communities

Many outbreaks go unnoticed until many people in the same community become gravely ill. All too often, communities lack the knowledge or skills to take preventative action. We’re working to change this by ensuring communities have basic information about the spread of diseases and how to prevent them, simple and effective systems to detect outbreaks, and communications mechanisms that ensure timely information sharing and community engagement.

Preparing first responders

Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies have extraordinary reach in communities the world over, and in their supporting role to governments, are often central to emergency responses amid outbreaks. We are working to strengthen their epidemic preparedness and response capacity, and at the same time, help them develop and train networks of volunteers to support early detection and early action to outbreaks.

Preparing business and society

Epidemics not only threaten lives, but all aspects of society, including food production, trade, transportation and education. When services and employment are disrupted, day to day life is turned upside down. This part of the project works to prepare and engage the private sector and other key stakeholders like religious leaders and the media in epidemic preparedness and response.

Preparedness tools and resources

The IFRC, National Societies and other partners have developed effective tools, trainings, manuals and technology to boost community capacity, before, during and after health emergencies. They include health literacy curriculum for school children, first aid applications, a toolkit that helps communities identify risks and guidelines on community engagement.


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Case studies
Community-based surveillance in Indonesia
One Health in action – Kenya Red Cross
Anthrax in Kenya
Community cholera epidemic preparedness in Cameroon and DRC
National Society Preparedness videos

Contingency and business continuity plans

Technological and biological hazards

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