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Preparing Global Responders

Uganda Classroom

DSNS staff with workshop attendees during a site visit to the Uganda National Medical Stores.

What is GHSA?

The Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) is a partnership between U.S. government sister agencies, other nations, international organizations, and public and private stakeholders. CDC seeks to accelerate progress toward a world safe and secure from infectious disease threats and to promote global health security as an international security priority, to  prevent, detect and respond to public health threats within their borders. Learn more about GHSA objectives.

Stockpile Support

The stockpile supports GHSA’s Medical Countermeasures and Personnel Deployment Action Package. This 5-year goal is to create a national framework for sending and receiving medical countermeasures (medicines and supplies) and public health and medical personnel among international partners during public health emergencies.

Stockpile experts work with health and emergency management authorities in other countries to improve the supply chain that gets critical medicines and supplies (medical countermeasures) where they’re needed most during a public health emergency such as an influenza pandemic or Ebola outbreak. This effort helps protect the United States by slowing down or stopping health threats early and close to the source.

Medical Countermeasures (MCM) Workshop

In the Classroom

In 2016, the stockpile deployed experts to host workshops in developing countries including Ethiopia, Uganda and Cameroon. These workshops enhanced their ability to detect  and ability to respond to public health threats within their borders and manage medicines and supplies (medical countermeasures or MCMs) in a large-scale public health emergency.

The workshop includes 21 lessons and covers an overview of the Global Health Security Agenda’s MCM Supply Chain Action Package and topics such as ways to solve supply chain issues, inventory management, contracts, finding response partners and more.

People participating in a classroom session

Stockpile experts also provide a 2-day medical countermeasures training for CDC’s Public Health Emergency Management (PHEM) fellows during their time at CDC. The PHEM Fellowship is designed to build capacity among members of the international community who work in preparedness and response. Students travel to Atlanta from as far away as Burkina Faso, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Indonesia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo and Vietnam for a 4-month fellowship to gain an understanding of public health emergency management principles and the functions that support an emergency operations center.

 

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