U.S. and Guinea: partners on Global Health Security

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U.S. Mission Conakry and its partners welcome health experts who have travelled to Guinea this month to implement the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA).  A formal launch will take place on Tuesday, February 16.

GHSA  is a partnership with 50 nations, international organizations and public and private stakeholders, to accelerate progress toward a world safe and secure from infectious disease threats and to promote global health security as an international security priority. GHSA pursues a multilateral and multi-sectoral approach to strengthen both the global capacity and nation’s capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to human and animal infectious diseases.  Both the U.S. and Guinea are members of the GHSA global partnership. The U.S is expanding and introducing multi-year programs to help Guinea achieve GHSA goals as an important part of recovery and to maintain resiliency to prevent Ebola and other infectious disease outbreaks.

The largest Ebola outbreak in West Africa resulted in more than 11,000 deaths and highlights the urgency for immediate action to establish national and global capacity to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to public health threats. In Guinea this outbreak has resulted in over 2,500 deaths and negatively impacted many critical areas of health.  Serious public health challenges were exacerbated including a rise of vaccine preventable diseases, increase of undiagnosed and untreated infectious diseases (non-Ebola). The Ebola outbreak exposed many major health systems weaknesses in the workforce, specimen transport, information systems, infection prevention and control (IPC), and zoonotic disease prevention and control.   Ebola is hardly the only disease caused by pathogens transferred between animals and humans, more than 70% of emerging diseases come from animals and as the global population continues to grow, along with demand for food, similar threats are likely to arise.  The U.S partnership with Guinea to achieve GHSA goals will support capacity to address these critical issues over the next several years.

GHSA support through strong partnership between the Government of Guinea (GoG) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); U.S. Department of Defense; U.S. Department of State, and U.S National Institute of Health (NIH) seeks to:

  • Facilitate Guinea’s participation in an important global health network that is prepared to rapidly respond to diseases outbreaks;
  • Strengthen One Health capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to zoonotic diseases before they become a human public health issue;
  • Develop a system for monitoring and reporting incidents of public health concern;
  • Establish a world class Emergency Operation Center (EOC) linked to a global network;
  • Enhance workforce development and public health systems and improve retention;
  • Strengthen bio-secure laboratories capable of providing quality assured services; and
  • Develop a long term roadmap to continue to sustain capacity to respond to the Ebola outbreak and expand to other priority infectious diseases.

 

For more information about the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA): https://ghsagenda.org