* A thriving global health program requires many things, such as sufficient funds, leaders and managers, and necessary resources. According to the Center for Global Development (n.d.), “good health service delivery requires that trained and motivated workers are in place and have the supplies, equipment, transportation, and supervision to do their job well” (para 5). Funding is needed to be sure the program continues to be successful, and managers and leaders are beneficial to make sure the program is well supervised. Innovative technology is inevitable and can make a program work more efficiently.
New products alone will not lead to success, but technologies must require successful distribution throughout the target population (Center for Global Development, n.d., para 3). Funding challenges tend to be at the top of the list of potential barriers when creating a global health program. Insufficient financial support from domestic sources, funding issues resulting in agencies focusing on their survival and on producing quick results, rather than on strategic planning and careful program evaluation, and insufficient international financial support are just a few individual barriers (Weiss and Pollack, 2017). Financial support is needed to fund new resources that will make a global health program work.
I think it is appropriate to say that COVID-19 has changed the world, but it has also positively affected the field of Epidemiology. The CDC has worked 24/7 to create a sufficient foundation to detect and fight this virus worldwide. “Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) has trained 18,000 field epidemiologists, or “disease detectives,” in more than 80 countries to help track, contain, and eliminate outbreaks at their source,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2020) states. Along with partnering with health agencies around the world, this program has impacted current students and graduates by providing them with the knowledge of successful global health programs.