Global Health

With more than 20 years of experience and technical know-how in health systems strengthening, global health security, and human-centered digital design, our global health team delivers holistic, tech-enabled solutions to save lives and improve well-being worldwide.

Global Health Security and Pandemic Preparedness

We coordinate responses across sectors for a holistic approach to emerging infectious diseases and disease management.

A strong response starts with capacity building for governments, communities, universities, and regional professional networks.

Environmental changes, as well as economic and technological advancements, have changed how we interact with each other and our world, allowing infectious diseases to spread around the world at a much faster pace. As new diseases and disease variants capture headlines, we are increasingly aware of the risks created by the growing interconnectedness of the global health landscape.

Most emerging infectious diseases are transmitted to people by animals. Understanding these interactions allows us to better prepare for, monitor, and respond to diseases. We address these challenges at multiple levels, facilitating coordinated responses across sectors for a holistic approach to disease management and strengthening health systems resilience.

We apply a One Health approach linking animal, human and environmental health specialists to address zoonotic disease and other emerging health threats, including antimicrobial resistance.

A strong response starts with building the capacity of governments, communities, universities, and regional professional networks. For example, work with government partners to strengthen the national systems, policies and practices needed to formalize and institutionalize One Health. We also we build training curricula and instructional quality into programs for first-responders, support regional university-led One Health networks to strengthen public health epidemiology systems, and form cadres of public health professionals to address outbreaks. Communities and countries can most effectively mitigate the impact and spread of disease by collaborating across sectors to strengthen preparedness, surveillance, and response efforts in tandem.

DAI has implemented more than $250 million of global health security projects since 2006, including programs to address avian influenza, ebola, MERS, and diseases of unknown origin.

Our Experts

Dr. Sambe Duale serves as a Senior One Health Technical Advisor for the Preparedness and Response Project, a component of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Emerging Pandemic Threats 2 Program. He joined the RESPOND Project in 2014 as the Technical Lead for the Ebola Virus Disease preparedness and response for the at-risk countries in Central and West Africa.

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Dr. Rodion Kraus is a Senior Technical Adviser for DAI Global Health and the Project Director for the Tackling Deadly Diseases in Africa Program (TDDAP), which works in six countries to strengthen health systems and institutions to deliver better health security and improve disease preparedness and response.

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Dr. Andrew McKenzie has more than 30 years of experience in capacity building and management of health systems and services, working in the public sector, the private sector, in universities, and in nongovernmental organisations.

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Jeffrey Mecaskey has more than 35 years of experience in health and political economics, health policy, and management. He is the Team Leader for the Tackling Deadly Diseases in Africa Program (TDDAP), which works in six countries to strengthen health systems and institutions to deliver better health security and improve disease preparedness and response.

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Dr. Paula Quigley is a medical doctor with more than 27 years of experience in programme management, monitoring and evaluation, and health systems strengthening.

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Robert Salerno a global health and development practitioner with 15 years of experience working on complex development projects for a variety of donor and private sector clients.

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Susan Scribner is DAI’s Vice President for Health Systems Solutions, with responsibility for health systems strengthening and global health security.

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Dr. Emmanuel Sokpo is a specialist clinician with extensive training in public health.

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Our Projects

Worldwide—Preparedness and Response (P&R)

The P&R project helps address the practical issues confronting national governments as they strive to cope with the human, financial, and logistical constraints associated with pandemic threats. The objectives are: 1) national One Health platforms established and strengthened; and 2) national preparedness and response plans developed, tested, implemented, and evaluated.

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Diseases of serious concern are emerging from wildlife populations in regions of the world where humans, wildlife, and livestock are increasingly in contact. RESPOND operated in hotspot regions where conditions are conducive for animal-to-human disease outbreaks.

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Worldwide—Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures

Agricultural health and food safety are important to developing countries for many reasons. Apart from their obvious health benefits, sanitary conditions during field, processing, and shipping operations—and the international standards associated with these conditions—enable agricultural and processed foods to be exported to developed-country markets.

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Worldwide—Stamping Out Pandemic and Avian Influenza (STOP AI)

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) is economically devastating for commercial and backyard producers alike, especially in developing countries where poultry is often a mainstay of poor households.

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Nigeria—Malaria Action Program for States (MAPS)

The Malaria Action Program for States (MAPS) program in Nigeria, was a comprehensive five-year program that increased coverage and use of life-saving malaria interventions in support of the Nigeria National Malaria Strategic Plan and the National Malaria Elimination Program.

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Nigeria—Integrated Approach to Neglected Tropical Diseases (UNITED)

The Integrated Approach to Neglected Tropical Diseases Programme (UNITED) supports the Nigerian government in controlling seven neglected tropical diseases—blinding trachoma, bilharzia, elephantiasis, river blindness, hookworm, whipworm, and roundworm. DAI Global Health is responsible for the health systems strengthening workstream.

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Nigeria—Support to National Malaria Elimination Programme (SuNMaP)

The Support to the Nigeria Malaria Elimination Program (SUNMAP) strengthened Nigerian government management capacity by streamlining policy development, planning and coordination of malaria control activities in 10 states.

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Africa—Tackling Deadly Diseases in Africa Program (TDDAP)

The four-year, DFID-funded Tackling Deadly Diseases Programme (TDDAP) Project works across six countries to strengthen health systems and institutions to deliver better health security and improve disease preparedness and response. TDDAP supports country leadership and accountability for integrated health security planning using infectious diseases as an entry point for improved adherence to International Health Regulation standards at the national, district, sub-district, and community levels.

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DAI’s Employee Ownership Initiative Wins Prestigious Award

DAI was yesterday named an award winner at the 17th annual conference of the Global Equity Organization (GEO), a professional membership organization dedicated to advancing understanding of employee share plans. DAI won in a new award category, Best Use of a Share Plan in a Private Company.

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