Chapter 8: Launch PODD

published on 26 May 2022


Launching PODD requires significant time, effort, and resources. We have created this step-by-step guide to help you launch your own PODD pilot in your community. 

Step 1: Assemble the Team

Recruit and convene leaders from responsible public health agencies, local government, and local communities. Strong government and village-level participation is necessary to sustain the PODD project. 

Step 2: Assign Roles and Responsibilities

Identify members from each relevant organization who will commit to being the point-of-contact for all PODD matters. Establish the governance structure for the PODD project by assigning roles and responsibilities to the key stakeholders involved in the project. 

Step 3: Agree on Open Communication Channel

Members of the PODD governance team must join a shared and open communication channel in order to foster collaboration and transparency. 

Step 4: Select Pilot Site(s)

Members of the PODD project will collectively nominate several local communities for the PODD pilot. 

Step 5: Public Awareness Campaign

Begin widespread public awareness campaigns in the selected pilot communities using digital and traditional media to communicate the purpose and benefit of the PODD project. Endorsement by local community leaders in media efforts is important to foster trust by community members. 

Step 6: Recruit Volunteers and Coordinators 

In tandem with the public awareness campaign, begin recruiting PODD volunteers and coordinators through digital and traditional channels. A member of the PODD governance team should be in charge of maintaining a list of applicants. 

Step 7: Train Volunteers

Once the requisite number of volunteers for the pilots sites have been recruited, begin holding weekly public training events attended by local community leaders to encourage participation. During these training events the volunteers will learn about the PODD project, how to use the PODD application, and how to protect their animals and themselves in the event of an outbreak. 

Step 8: PODD Preparedness Checklist

Once the PODD team has been assembled and the volunteers have been trained, it’s time for the PODD Preparedness Checklist:

  1. PODD System operational
  2. Government officially sponsoring project
  3. PODD Response/Investigation Team established and operational
  4. At least 20 community volunteers trained and agree to participate
  5. At least 2 local veterinarians trained and included in Response Team
  6. Local PODD Command Center established

Step 9: Public Launch

With the PODD Preparedness Checklist complete, it’s time to launch PODD in the pilot communities. A public launch event attended by all relevant PODD stakeholders and members of the local communities is important to generate enthusiasm for the success of the project. 

Step 10: Follow-up Events 3, 6, 9, 12 months after launch

Post-launch, it’s important to monitor both the PODD system and the team involved in the project. It is recommended follow-up events be held every 3 months for one year following the public launch, where all volunteers are invited to participate in learning about new features of the system, as well as an opportunity to share any ideas for where the PODD project may need to be adjusted to better fit the needs of the community. 

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