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2018 International Emory Global Health Case Competition

In March 2018, the Emory Global Health Institute hosted its 14th Emory Global Health Case Competition and seventh international competition. The 2018 international competition brought multidisciplinary teams together from 24 universities to develop strategies to address an infectious disease outbreak in Qatar prior to the 2022 World Cup. Emory University took home the winning prize of $6,000. This was the first time since 2012 that an Emory team won EGHI's international global health case competition. The University of Minnesota won second place, McMaster University won third place, and the University of Florida received an honorable mention award. For the first time ever, there was a tie for the Participant's Choice Award - the tie was between Emory and the University of Minnesota. Read about the 2018 competition in the Emory Report.

Members of the 2018 International Emory Global Health Case Competition winning team from Emory University.
Students from left are: Kristin Nelson, Rollins School of Public Health; Sarah Connolly, Laney Graduate School; Taryn McLaughlin, Laney Graduate School; Shawn Wen, Emory University School of Medicine; and Christine Donorio, Laney Graduate School.

University of Minnesota - Second Place and tie for Participants' Choice Award with Emory

Hannah Cowan
Emma Fiala
Mateo Frumholtz
Meena Murugappan
Sailee Tambe

McMaster University - Third Place

Allison Campbell
Fazila Kassam
Selina Manji
Forouhideh Peyvandi
Erin Slade
Jane Su

University of Florida - Honorable Mention 

Cheyenne Cheng
Leanne Dumeny
Hannah Lyons
Arpan Parekh
Veronica Richards

University of New South Wales - Video Competition Winner

Jason V. Alacapa
Febe Amelia Haryanto
Robert Neil F. Leong
Sostenis Tandi Pasang
John Paul R. Delos Trinos

University of Toronto - Video Competition Honorable Mention

Lamia Akbar
Nivetha Chandran
Gabby Ignacio
Roshion Ishaque
Amina Patel
Nikita Roy

2018 International Competition Sponsor

Case Summary and Process

At the 2022 World Cup Opening Ceremony in Qatar, many people have become ill and died after contracting what is called the "FIFA Virus." The night of the Opening Ceremony, the Qatari Emir summoned consulting teams to develop strategies to respond to the FIFA Virus outbreak. At the time teams were summoned, there had been 50 confirmed cases, but underreporting was suspected because the outbreak had occurred during influenza season. Many of the cases appeared in Qatar's migrant worker community. The incubation period was two-to-three days, and infected individuals were able to transmit the virus one day prior to the presentation of symptoms. The case fatality rate was approximately 75%, but was expected to decrease to around 40-50% as surveillance improved and less serious cases were identified. An anti-viral drug was in phase 3 trials. The drug reduced the risk of death by 90% in confirmed cases if administered within the first 48 hours of the presentation of symptoms.

Teams were given up to USD 50 million to implement their proposals. Teams addressed how they would respond to the FIFA Virus outbreak in a legal and ethical way that avoided mass hysteria. Teams were told to ensure that their proposals included a strategy to protect migrant workers, and allowed for the World Cup to continue. Judges played the role of the Qatari Emir. You can view the full case here.


Martin Cetron, MD
Director for the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, CDC
Terence Chorba, MD, MPH, MPA, DSc
Chief of the Field Services Branch, Division of Tuberculosis Elimination, CDC 
Philip Graitcer, DMD, MPH
Former CDC medical epidemiologist, National Public Radio Reporter
Bernard (Ben) Greer, Jr., JD
Vice President of Lex Mudi Pro Bono Foundation
Shelby Grubbs, JD
Managing Member, Atlanta office of Miller & Martin PLLC
Harold W. Jaffe, MD
Visiting Professor, Nuffield Department of Public Health, University of Oxford
Barbara Marston, MD
Deputy Director, Science and Program, Division of Parasitic Diseases & Malaria, CDC
John E. McGowan, MD 
Former Professor of Epidemiology, Global Health, and Medicine, Emory University
Judith Monroe, MD
President and CEO, CDC Foundation
Richard Rothenberg, MD, MPH
Regents' Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Research, Georgia State University
Frederic E. Shaw, MD, JD
Editor in Chief, Public Health Reports and Sr. Advisor to the Director, Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services, CDC

Video Competition Judges

Henry M. Blumberg, MD
Professor of Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology, Emory University
Jeffrey P. Koplan, MD, MPH
Vice President for Global Health, Emory University



The International Emory Global Health Case Competition is an exciting opportunity for students to address
a real-world global health challenge using a multidisciplinary approach.




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