Manpower Integration Program Review for Community Epidemic Prevention

Hsueh-Mei Lee, Mei-Hui Lin, Shu-Mei Chou, Chang-Hsun Chen

2011 Vol.27 NO.2

Correspondence Author: Hsueh-Mei Lee


In response to the demand of community epidemic prevention for influenza pandemic, Taiwan CDC mapped out the “Manpower integration program for community epidemic prevention” since 2008. Throughout 2008 and 2009, a total of 22 counties and cities had been subsumed in this program, including 16 participating for two consecutive years. By means of statistical analysis, it demonstrated that the counties and cities involved in the program had higher achieved rate in introspection for citywide manpower deployment and operation in epidemic control. Moreover, as longer they participated in this program, they would get a higher and helpful approval of program implementation in community pandemic prevention, and more assentient attitude to program promotion. A positive correlation, in terms of confidence in assisting community pandemic prevention, is observed with more number of volunteer types. That was because strengthening bonding between volunteers by network construction, and thus enhanced the bridging among different fields to bring supportive effects to each other. After discussion comes down, the community volunteers integrating program conduces the promotion of community epidemic prevention and should be continuously advanced. However, the capacity of integration in some counties is still improvable that should be kept on integrating and made good use of resources from various governmental departments and private organizations. As for professional training of volunteers, should be shifted from quantity to quality. In addition, in order to build the ability of volunteers respond to the demand in future epidemic, establish the qualitative indicators of community response in pandemic preparedness is necessary.