Worldwide—Preparedness and Response (P&R)

Client: U.S. Agency for International Development

Duration: 2014-2019

Region: Worldwide

Country: Worldwide

Solutions: Health

The Preparedness and Response (P&R) project is one component of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Emerging Pandemic Threats (EPT 2) program. The EPT initiative detects and responds to viruses such as Ebola, avian influenza, and MERS that move between animal and human populations. EPT is, in turn, part of the U.S. Global Health Security Agenda, which brings together U.S. Government agencies and other national governments to address natural and manmade disease threats worldwide.

P&R has a dual mandate to help countries design and implement national preparedness and response plans for public health events of unknown etiology and to establish and strengthen National One Health Platforms. Our goal is to help address the practical issues confronting national governments as they strive to cope with the human, financial, and logistical constraints associated pandemic threats. The P&R project provides technical assistance and training services to build national and regional capacity in a sustainable manner.

Sample Activities

  • Facilitate workshops to strengthen national capacities to identify and respond to Ebola and other significant public health events.
  • Design outbreak scenarios to evaluate countries’ national Ebola preparedness plans, identify gaps, and develop plans to address the gaps.
  • Work with governments to improve incident command systems, contact tracing, and risk communications.

Select Results

  • Creating One Health platforms in 15 countries to act as networks to stop the spread of pandemic diseases: Bangladesh, Cameroon, Cote D’ Ivoire, Ethiopia, Guinea, Indonesia, Kenya, Laos, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, and Vietnam.
  • Supported platform response to avian influenza and anthrax outbreaks in nine countries.
  • Helped Liberia respond quickly to quell a meningitis outbreak.
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