141st APHA Annual Meeting

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A global health security planning tool to improve implementation of the international health regulations

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Briana Lozano, MPH , Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
The International Health Regulations (IHR) is a legally binding international agreement designed to enhance national, regional and global public health security. Under the IHR, all member countries of the World Health Organization are committed to detecting, assessing, notifying and responding to Public Health Emergencies of International Concern. Many countries, however, still lack essential capacities and have requested additional time from WHO to fully comply with the IHR requirements. A variety of U.S Government agencies provide IHR-related assistance to other countries as part of their traditional humanitarian assistance and public health programs. There is a growing awareness among policy experts that global IHR implementation also contributes to threat reduction and security interests. An interagency working group hosted by the National Security Council developed recommendations in a document Promoting Global Health Security: Guidance and Principles for U.S. Government Departments and Agencies to Strengthen International Health Regulation Core Capacities Internationally. Based on these recommendations and other international agreements, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed a global health security planning framework to facilitate the process by which CDC in-country teams assist partner countries in meeting their requirements for IHR. This presentation will describe: 1) the design of the planning framework; 2) the key informant methodology used in piloting the tool in Kazakhstan, Kenya, Tanzania, Georgia and Uganda; 3) the gaps in IHR capacities identified by the planning tool; 4) examples of how the results were used to increase awareness, mobilize threat reduction resources and expand capacity building cooperation for IHR implementation.

Learning Areas:
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe a planning framework that identifies areas in global health security which U.S. government agencies can assist partner countries in improving their public health systems. Demonstrate national interagency collaboration through the promotion of global health security funding, policy and programming.

Keywords: Public Health, Planning

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: of my role as a public health analyst in the Global Health Security Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The main focus of my position is to protect the health of the American public by addressing international disease threats through stabilizing health systems through global health security planning.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.