Recent infectious disease outbreaks over the last few decades, such as Ebola, HPAI, and Zika, have had profound impacts, causing severe burdens on human livelihoods and economies and posing global security threats. These outbreaks have galvanized support to build capacities to meet the requirements of the International Health Regulations (IHR-2005) and to advance the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA).
The One Health approach has emerged as a means to address these infectious disease threats. One Health is an interdisciplinary, collaborative effort to attain optimal health for people, animals, and the environment. Working together, public health, veterinary medicine, environmental science experts, and other stakeholders can better prevent, detect and respond to disease events.
The Preparedness & Response Project, part of USAID’s Emerging Pandemic Threats-2 (EPT-2) program, works in 16 countries in Africa and Southeast Asia to establish and strengthen multisectoral collaboration in the prevention, detection, and response to emerging disease threats. P&R accomplishes this by establishing or strengthening national One Health platforms (NOHPs) designed to address these threats, drawing on representatives from a broad range of sectors.
As part of P&R, TRG provides institutional capacity building expertise to help establish and strengthen NOHPs and government preparedness and response plans. Examples of our services include stakeholder engagement workshops that bring together public health, animal health, and environmental sectors at the country level, simulation exercises and case studies to test standard operating procedures (SOPs), and GHSA road mapping and action planning.