In today’s globalized world, new diseases can emerge from animal reservoirs and spread at rates which raise serious public health, economic, security, and development concerns. It emphasizes the need to improve individual countries’ abilities to identify and mitigate health threats in areas with limited resources for disease prevention and control. We believe the threat posed by zoonotic diseases requires a strategy that reflects a more inclusive and strategic partnership across the public health, animal health and environmental sectors in order to best address emergent disease threats.
Under the USAID-funded RESPOND Project and follow on Preparedness and Response Project, we are providing experiential learning and facilitation services to design and conduct simulation exercises and workshops for stakeholders across the public health, animal health, and environmental sectors at the country level. The workshops assist stakeholders in identifying skills, abilities, and systems that they need to develop to effectively prepare for and respond to public health events including outbreaks of infectious diseases.