Global Health Security in Crises Affected Countries

Speaker: Richard Garfield

Date: February 13th, 2017

Time: 12:45 – 1:45

Venue: LG81, Keppel Street

Abstract: The Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) are the 19 programs that comprise the core of public health capacity for countries, as agreed by an international coalition of organizations.  Some 20 national assessments have been carried out in the last 6 months, including in several fragile states. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have worked closely with the WHO to develop this enhanced system for International Health Regulation since the Ebola epidemic. This talk will present examples of the GHSA program, and describe its potential use for strengthening health systems in unstable areas.

Biography: Dr Richard Garfield is Professor Emeritus at Columbia University in New York and Team Lead for Assessment and Information Management at the Emergency Response and Recovery Branch of the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Richard works mainly in the Middle East with the WHO on system strengthening activities in crisis countries. He is the founding director of the Health & Nutrition Tracking Service at the WHO; assisted in developing the Global Health Center and Global Rapid Response Team at CDC; and coordinated the Collective Violence risk group of Global Burden of Disease estimates. His current focus includes GHSA.