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Press Release

THAILAND’S PARTICIPATION IN THE GLOBAL HEALTH SECURITY AGENDA (GHSA), ACTION PACKAGE COORDINATION MEETING

23-25 AUGUST 2016, JAKARTA, INDONESIA

Hosted by Indonesian Government through the Ministry of Health, Republic of Indonesia, the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), Action Package Coordination Meeting was held at Ritz-Carlton hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia. It was attended by more than a hundred delegations from lead and contributing countries of GHSA Actions Packages as well as international development partners to discuss on “Strengthening Cooperation to Enhance Capacity in Addressing Global Health Public Threats”.

Thailand provided updates on the two respective GHSA Action Packages including Detect – 1: National Laboratory System and Detect 5: Workforce Development. Highlights, among others, include:

1. The Department of Medical Sciences (DMSC), Ministry of Public Health, by the Deputy Director General of the DMSC, Dr. Phichet Banyati, presented key achievements/best practices/tools of GHSA Detect 1: Laboratory Strengthening System highlighting the following issues:

a)    Presentation of a Joint collaborative efforts of lead countries and key development partners: the Development of Regional Strategic Roadmap on Laboratory System Strengthening as a guiding document for any GHSA Members in developing their respective national roadmap, as well as providing regional cooperation framework [graphic info of the roadmap is enclosed];

b)    Conducting regular structured video conferences in enhancing communication and coordination among lead and contributing countries;

c)    Accelerating an implementation of the Regional Strategic Roadmap on Laboratory System Strengthening [2016-2020] by announcing of key identified regional activities to be implemented during 2016 – 2017; and

d)    Monitoring progress and fostering sharing experiences of the Detect 1 by announcing the forthcoming 2nd Regional Workshop to be hosted by the DMSC in 2016, confirmed dates to be duly disseminated.

2. The representative of the Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health, as lead countries of GHSA Detect 5: Workforce Development (WFD) presented its updates highlighting main activities and achievements done in 2015-2016. To name a few include finalization of the Regional Strategic Framework for Public Health Workforce Development and Systems Strengthening on Epidemiology (2016-2020); convening a  joint meeting between ASEAN+3 Field Epidemiology Training Network and ASEAN Veterinary Epidemiology Group; as well as organizing the training for trainers 9th cohort.

3. In summary, the GHSA Action Package Coordinating Meeting has achieved the two main outputs:

a)    Jakarta called for Action on the GHSA implementation underscored, among others, strengthening the communication, coordination, and cooperation among stakeholders of the GHSA participating countries, and the international organizations.

b)    A Systemic Integrated Network Model was proposed by Indonesia as a Chair of Steering Committee, to be considered by countries Action Packages Members. The document aims to strengthening the coordination, cooperation and synergy across action packages, multi-sectors and individual actors in order to implement the three functions of GHSA (Prevent, Detect and Respond).

Launched in 2014 to promote global health security as an international security priority, GHSA aims to enhance and complement the implementation of the International Health Regulations 2005 through 11 Action Packages. Among others, Thailand takes leadership on the two Actions Packages including Detect 1: National Laboratory System Strengtheningand Detect 5: Workforce Development”.

 

Contact Person: Dr. Sirichai Sunya

Department of Medical Sciences,

Ministry of Public Health,

Tel: 02 589 0022, 02 951 000,

E-mail: sirichais@dmsc.mail.go.th

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