Ebola and Marburg diseases screening and treatment center design

Screening areas in healthcare facilities and dedicated treatment centres are essential components for ebola and marburg outbreak preparedness, readiness and response.

In this course, we will explore the fundamental principles and structural requirements underpinning the design and functioning of screening facilities and treatment centres in ebola and marburg diseases context.

Photo credits: WHO/Christopher Black

Language: English
Ebola, Marburg

Course information

Overview: The design of screening and treatment centers is a key element in preventing disease transmission within communities and at the facility level. It can also improve the overall patient experience and contribute to increasing the quality of care during their stay. This course includes descriptions of essential spaces, functionalities, areas of risk, and flows of staff and patients.

The target audience for this course includes personnel involved in preparedness and response, such as health managers and planners, architects, engineers, logistics and water and sanitation staff, clinical and nursing staff, and experts in infection prevention and control (IPC).

Course Duration: Aproximately 2 hours.

Certificates: A Certificate of Achievement will be available to participants who score at least 80% of the total points available in the final assessment. Participants who receive a Cecord of Achievement can also download an Open Badge for this course. Click here to learn how.

What you'll learn

  • Explain the key operating principles, effective design modalities and functioning of Screening Facilities for ebola and marburg outbreaks
  • Identify main risk areas and flows for efficient filovirus facilities
  • Describe main objectives and clarify key considerations for the design, the installation and the functioning of a treatment center
  • Identify main risk areas and flows for efficient treatment center
  • Explain how to operate an innovative Treatment Center able to provide safe and humanised care and enhance community acceptance.

Course contents

  • Introduction:

    This introductory module: gives an overview of the course; summarize the design strategies required for Filovirus outbreak responses; Identify the facility types described in the course; List the main objectives of the overall course; confidently navigate through the course modules.
  • Module 1: Screening in healthcare facilities, Key principles, design, facility use:

    At the end of the module, you will: Describe the importance of the screening and what its role is; Decide where and how to install a screening; Design a screening facility; Describe the functioning of the screening: accesses, flows, use and risk of the areas.
  • Module 2: Treatment center, Preliminary considerations:

    At the end of the module, you will : outline the main objectives of a treatment center; Decide where to install a treatment centre; Choose the proper size of a treatment centre.
  • Module 3: Treatment center, Key principles and design:

    At the end of the module, you will: describe the basic principles driving the design of a treatment center; Define the different areas, spaces and flows within the treatment centre; Conceptualize the different risk areas, spaces and rational flow for people and materials.
  • Module 4: Treatment Center, Overview of the key innovation:

    At the end of the module, you will: Describe and apply the key design innovations; Design a treatment centre which allows the provision of safe, humanised care while strengthening community acceptance.
  • Module 5: Essential Items:

    At the end of the module, you will: Explain the importance of an effective supply chain; Describe the essential items required for the correct functioning; Describe how to use the available tool to estimate the needs.

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Certificate Requirements

  • Gain a Record of Achievement by earning at least 80% of the maximum number of points from all graded assignments.