In preparation for the 4th GHSA high-level ministerial meeting scheduled on October 25 – 27, 2017, and at the request of USAID and the government of Uganda, P&R was appointed to two GHSA organizing committees: a) high level (of directors, development partners and policy makers), and b) technical (composed of technical officers), to provide technical assistance and guidance to the government during ongoing preparations. Under the theme “Health Security for All” the focus of the meeting is to build country ownership, while engaging communities, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, academia, development partners and other agencies in GHSA.
Uganda was selected to host the meeting because it’s among the countries highly prone to epidemics, with established systems and capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to disease outbreaks. The meeting is expected to attract over 150 Ministers from about 60 countries, including ministers of Health, Finance and Agriculture, from each of the 62 GHSA countries.
During the preparatory meetings, participants agreed to make the One Health approach to feature prominently, making the following recommendations:
o Allocation of a session for a presentation on One Health platforms;
o Simulation exercise involving ministers must be engaging and also strategically show the inter-linkages with One Health;
o Dedicate a session to presenting on the Trust Fund for One Health and Public Health Emergencies, to be made by the Minister of Finance;
o All Ministers of One Health Platform (Ministry of Agriculture, Health, Environment and Tourism/Wildlife) should have an opportunity to Chair the different sessions;
o Agenda should include panel discussions each day with 5 selected ministers. Among the topics of discussion will be; financing, One Health, emergency response. To ensure full participation of the Ministers, the different countries should be given a chance to speak;
o Create a Trust Fund for One Health approach through multi-sectoral programs and National One Health platforms;
o Prepare a GHSA Global declaration to be issued at the end of the meeting.
P&R is currently providing technical assistance to the platform in completing a concept note and relevance of the One Health Trust Fund, and developing posters and displays on One Health approach, highlighting some of the One Health platform interventions and successes at local, regional and global level.