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We envision better health systems that foster quality & access; reduce threats; and promote healthier behaviours to improve lives globally.

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Health Security

As COVID-19 has demonstrated, disease outbreaks can overwhelm global health and economic systems, throwing populations into chaos and uncertainty.

Within 18 months from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, over 4 million people died and millions more were hospitalised or facing long-term health consequences from catching the virus. While the pandemic’s economic impact is yet to be fully understood, estimates from the Ebola and SARS epidemics suggest the world lost near $100 billion in productivity, meaning COVID-19’s impact will be much greater. These crises have demonstrated the importance of pandemic preparedness, disease surveillance, and immunizations to safeguard our neighbourhoods and communities.

Our health security practice imagines a world where governments can act quickly to prevent, detect, and respond to health threats. One where countries work together, developing consensus and partnership across different ministries and neighbour states. And one where scientists and health workers have the resources and knowledge to provide the very best vaccines, medicines, and healthcare for their citizens.

We specialise in preventing, detecting, and responding to health threats.

Strengthening Public Health Infrastructure: We develop governance structures, strengthen human resources, and deliver commodities and consumables to support public health laboratories and infectious disease units.

Health Security Strategy Development & Costing: We help governments prevent, detect, and respond to public health threats by developing national health security plans, national action plans and accompanying budgets.

Pandemic Preparedness & Emergency Management: The threat of antimicrobial resistance, emerging diseases and zoonotic pathogens continues to increase. We support governments to prepare for pandemics and public health emergencies by developing and implementing strategies, training and equipping the public health workforce, and improving emergency management systems.

Policy Development: Strong policies come together with the right data, the right people and good communication. We translate hard surveillance data and scientific research into bespoke policy recommendations and conduct political economy analyses to identify the right people to put recommendations into action.

Institutionalising One Health: Ensuring national health, animal and environmental ministries work together to develop the best public health policies, means developing strong multisectoral coalitions and partnerships. We build networks within national governments to improve collaboration, information sharing and positive public health action.

Our Experts


Nicole DeCastro began her career in humanitarian and disaster response working with the U.S. Agency for International Development to address crises including Ebola in West Africa and the humanitarian emergency in Syria.

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Drawing on a professional background that combines laboratory-based research and global health, Amethyst supports DAI’s Fleming Fund grant activities, which build the institutional and diagnostic capacity of laboratories and other organizations to perform surveillance of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

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Dr. Ayesha Rasheed is a public health physician with more than 20 years of donor-funded, health program management experience, including oversight of field epidemiology and laboratory training programs.

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Our Projects


Bangladesh—Fleming Fund

DAI’s Fleming Fund programme in Bangladesh is a collaboration with the Bangladesh government to strengthen systems using a “One Health” approach—a multisectoral approach to complex health problems that reaches across human health, animal health, and environment sectors.

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Indonesia—Fleming Fund

DAI’s Fleming Fund programme in Indonesia is a collaboration with the Indonesian government to strengthen systems using a “One Health” approach—a multisectoral approach to complex health problems that reaches across human health, animal health, and environment sectors.

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Southeast Asia—ASEAN-USAID Partnership for Regional Optimization with the Political-Security and Socio-Cultural Communities (PROSPECT)

PROSPECT helps the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) define joint measures to address transnational challenges, strengthen ASEAN’s people-to-people engagement, and elevate rights and opportunities for women and other vulnerable groups.

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