The Multi-Agency Training Collaborative (MATCO) program was created to rapidly and significantly expand the pool of health professionals capable of working on the largest Ebola outbreak on record.
The MATCO training course is a joint work developed by International Medical Corps and Massachusetts General Hospital and draws on previous literature from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and Médecins Sans Frontières, as well as best practices learned through International Medical Corps’ management of five Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) in Liberia and Sierra Leone.
The MATCO curriculum spans a variety of topics relevant to safely and effectively operating an ETU—including Ebola’s case identification, Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) procedures, and donning and doffing personal protective equipment (PPE). Aspects of the curriculum have also been adapted to cover other Ebola-related programming (such as safe and dignified burials, community messaging and social mobilization, surveillance, and patient transport). To date, over 750 people, both from International Medical Corps and other humanitarian agencies, have completed the full MATCO program and hundreds more have benefited from MATCO-based courses.