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.
TRG’s role is to provide institutional capacity building expertise to help establish and strengthen NOHPs and government preparedness and response plans. Examples of our services include:
- facilitating stakeholder mapping exercises,
- facilitating the design and agreement of organizational structures for multi-sectoral collaboration and coordination, and
- facilitating participatory self-assessments of NOHP capacities and performance.
To provide tailored and context-appropriate expertise, TRG utilizes a network-based consulting model that leverages world-class organizational development professionals based in and near the countries where P & R works. As part of the TRG network, these professionals are supported by TRG’s own staff and serve as peer advisors to one another, reinforcing south to south collaboration and the development of sustainable models of development.