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FPDI Attends Global Health Security Agenda Ministerial Meeting

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Dr. Kircher participated in the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) Ministerial Meeting in Rotterdam, Netherlands as part of the NGO team in October. FPDI tools and capabilities in support of the GHSA action packages were presented. Specifically presented was the Frame tool, One Health Talk portal, and the Pandemic Supply Chain collaboration with the United Nations partners.

The Frame tool provides an education and training framework allowing the users to see their path for their specific position as well as for advancement in their careers. Administrators (organization or country) can see the progress of their workforce and roster teams for an emergency response. One Health Talk is an online portal on the CoreSHIELD platform that allows for real-time language translation allowing global partners to have interactive conversations on One Health efforts and collaborations. The Pandemic Supply Chain project has just completed its first year of work and has made significant progress in building a process and tools for delivering the right thing at the right time to the right person in a disaster situation.

The Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) was launched in February 2014 to advance a world safe and secure from infectious disease threats, to bring together nations from all over the world make new, concrete commitments, and to elevate global health security as a nation leaders-level priority. The G7 endorsed the GHSA in June 2014, and Finland and Indonesia hosted commitment development meetings to spur action in May and August.

GHSA acknowledges the essential need for a multilateral and multi-sectoral approach to strengthen both the global capacity and nations' capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious diseases threats whether naturally occurring, deliberate, or accidental – capacity that once established would mitigate the devastating effects of Ebola, MERS, other highly pathogenic infectious diseases, and bioterrorism events.

Through a partnership of nearly 50 nations, international organizations, and non-governmental stakeholders, GHSA is facilitating collaborative, capacity-building efforts to achieve specific and measurable targets around biological threats, while accelerating achievement of the core capacities required by the World Health Organization's (WHO's) International Health Regulations (IHR), the World Organization of Animal Health's (OIE) Performance of Veterinary Services Pathway, and other relevant global health security frameworks. This partnership is led and supported by a GHSA Steering Group composed of 10 member nations. The Chair of this Steering Group is filled by a different nation each year.

In addition to individual countries, advisory partners include the WHO, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the OIEInterpol, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), and the European Union.