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. The program 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.
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 are 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 2018, the stockpile deployed experts to host medical countermeasure workshops in developing countries including Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. These workshops enhanced their ability to detect and respond to public health threats within their borders and manage medicines and supplies in a large-scale public health emergency. Stockpile experts also validated two national medical supply chain plans for Uganda and Cameroon. The workshop includes lessons on medical supply chain operations and addresses planning issues, modern supply chain functions, supply chain information requirements, stockpiling operations, logistics operations, planning and more.
Stockpile experts also provided two 3-day medical countermeasure training events 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 Japan, South Korea, Pakistan, Uganda, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Bangladesh, Cameroon, and Senegal 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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