What we do
In 2015, PATH joined with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other organizations to help advance the US government’s pledge to support, assist, and empower countries in anticipating, preventing, and overcoming infectious disease outbreaks.
Key to the GHSP’s success is close collaboration across PATH teams in each country with ministries of health, local organizations, and CDC country offices. Together, we are strengthening, integrating, and sustaining systems that are critical to preventing epidemics, detecting threats early, and responding rapidly and effectively.
Through the GHSP, PATH supports CDC and countries to:
- Improve infectious disease surveillance to ensure stronger and better linked systems that detect and report threats more rapidly, efficiently monitor trends, and produce actionable data for health programming.
- Strengthen laboratory capacity to utilize rapid, high-quality diagnostics, conduct integrated reporting, and build strong links with information systems.
- Foster integrated information systems that apply immunization program data, surveillance reporting, and laboratory diagnostics to promptly highlight areas of concern, ensure information flow throughout the health system, and rapidly trigger timely and informed responses.
Building country capacity
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, PATH is supporting the establishment of the first emergency operations center in the country, which will serve to coordinate the prevention, detection, and rapid response teams for public health emergencies.
In Senegal, PATH is contributing to the development of a strategic plan for laboratories to strengthen biosafety and biosecurity capacity in order to improve disease surveillance and outbreak detection, including antimicrobial resistance. We are collaborating to develop a national laboratory network that will enhance coordination among diagnostic and surveillance laboratories. PATH also provides technical assistance to enhance infection prevention control in health facilities, and supports development of innovative technologies for monitoring and supervision, such as an e-learning tool for immunization.
In Tanzania, we are strengthening integrated multi-disease surveillance and response systems and supporting development of a national strategic plan to strengthen surveillance. PATH works to identify and fill gaps in current systems to detect and respond to outbreaks–for example, by providing technical support to implement an electronic integrated disease surveillance and reporting system, and conducting supportive supervision in health care facilities to improve reporting rates and data quality. PATH is also working to improve water, sanitation, and hygiene conditions in health facilities, with the aim to reduce hospital-acquired infections and decrease spread of enteric diseases linked to the overprescribing and misuse of antibiotics, both major drivers of antimicrobial resistance.
In Vietnam, PATH is supporting the development of a centralized and regional data collection system and data visualization platform to facilitate rapid decision-making to reduce the impact of outbreaks. We collaborate with national and regional emergency operations networks and provide technical support for monitoring and evaluation for event-based surveillance. Other areas of focus include infection prevention and control in hospitals, health care-associated infection surveillance, and antimicrobial resistance surveillance. In addition, PATH supports HIV-related work, including piloting of self-testing and evaluation of HIV care and treatment uptake among high-risk individuals, such as injection drug users. Visit the Vietnam GHSP site to learn more.
The Global Health Security Agenda
The GHSP is part of a larger effort called the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA). The agenda was launched in 2014 and is a growing partnership of nations, international organizations, and nongovernmental stakeholders focusing on progress toward a world safe and secure from public health threats. Global interconnectedness may bring new risks, but just as important are the greater opportunities to work together. Partnerships fostered by the GHSA will provide a model for sharing resources, expertise, and insight to meet our shared global goal of safety and health for all communities, everywhere.
For more information about the GHSP, please contact Project Director Linda Venczel at firstname.lastname@example.org.