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Global Health Security: Understanding Cross-Sector Risks and Solutions

Organized by Georgia Global Health Alliance (GGHA)

January 12
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST
The Carter Center
Atlanta, Georgia



In today’s highly mobile and interconnected world, a disease outbreak anywhere is a threat everywhere. An epidemic in even the most isolated village can reach major cities all around the globe in as little as 36 hours, disrupting international travel, markets, and business. The challenge of preventing the next epidemic is bigger than any one health system or pathogen, requiring innovative partnerships across sectors and program areas. As traditional funding for international development comes under strain, cross-sector collaboration is taking on increasing importance as a means to maximize the reach and sustainability of individual global health security (GHS) efforts.

Join the Georgia Global Health Alliance for its first event of 2018. Hear from CDC Leadership about recent international public health emergencies like Ebola and Zika, their impact on the private sector, and how we can work together to prevent the next epidemic. Immediately following the keynote address, an expert panel will explore the respective roles of public and private sector actors during and following recent global health emergencies, as well as success stories and lessons learned.

Welcome Remarks
Louis W. Sullivan, M.D., President Emeritus Morehouse School of Medicine, U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services, 1989-1993

Keynote Address: Understanding Cross-Sector Risks and Solutions in Global Health Security
Dr. Rebecca Martin, PhD, Director, Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Expert Panel: Opportunities for Public-Private Partnership in Global Health

Moderator: Ambassador Jimmy Kolker, Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs, US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), retired


1) Dawn O’Connell, Head of the US Office, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI)
2) Nancy Knight, MD, CAPT, USPHS , Director, Division of Global Health Protection, Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
3) Clem Lewin, Associate Vice President R&D Strategy, Sanofi Pasteur
4) Eduardo Martinez, President, The UPS Foundation, UPS Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
5) Judy Monroe, MD, President and CEO, CDC Foundation


Strengthening Sierra Leone Health Systems: Applying Lessons from the 2014 Ebola Outbreak to Future Emergencies

This guest post was written by Laurentiu Stan (laurentiu_stan@jsi.com), MD,MPH, MBA, Chief of Party, Advancing Partners and Communities (APC) Project, Sierra Leone, JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. John Snow, Inc., a member of Global Health Council (GHC), and the nonprofit JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., are public health management consulting and research organizations dedicated to improving the health of individuals and communities in the US and around the globe.

Zainab Jalloh, holding her one-year-old daughter Khadijatu, at the Gbanti Community Health Post (CHP) on April 3, 2017 in Bombali District, Sierra Leone.

I’ve lived in Sierra Leone for almost two years, working to help this country’s long-battered health system recover from the Ebola outbreak that took the lives of more than 200 health professionals. Now the country has been affected by an epic landslide. Despite these tremendous setbacks, health systems and health indicators are improving.

Even before the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak, Sierra Leone had the world’s highest maternal mortality ratio: 1630 of 100,000 live births (UNICEF, 2010). By 2015, the ratio had dropped to 1360, but Sierra Leone still held the top spot in this dismal measurement. Ebola compounded the problem because about 1 in every 4 women stopped coming to clinics for prenatal care and delivery. In fact, although almost 4,000 Sierra Leoneans died due to the EVD outbreak (between May 2014 and January 2016), during that same period more than 4,500 women died in childbirth.

The Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) focused its post-Ebola health recovery priorities on strengthening the health system’s capacity to safely detect and prevent diseases and respond to future epidemics in cooperation with its neighbors. It also recognized the need to contribute to global health security to improve health and economic opportunities.

A health facility water pump before APC revitalization. Photo courtesy/ JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc.

Between September 2015 and August 2017, under the umbrella of the USAID-funded and JSI-managed Advancing Partners & Communities (APC) project, I have helped implement a number of programs that are contributing to MOHS recovery objectives by improving primary care service delivery in the communities hardest hit by Ebola. APC has revitalized 305 primary care facilities, ensuring access to basic health services—with a focus on improving quality of maternal health services—for almost 2 million Sierra Leoneans, including the 3,400 registered Ebola-survivors.

A health facility water pump after APC revitalization. Photo courtesy/ JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc.

APC’s community health facility upgrades dramatically improved water and sanitation standards, installed solar power systems, provided basic equipment, and trained more than 900 health professionals and 1,500 community health workers (CHWs) on reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health and as—importantly, given how Ebola was spread—infection prevention and control practices. Today, more than 2 million Sierra Leoneans in five districts have access to revitalized primary care and community health services in these primary care units and their catchment villages.
We know that another epidemic or emergency could come at any time, and while the Sierra Leone health system is going through significant transformations as part of the five-year recovery plan, it is better equipped now to address it.

The tragic August 14 landslide was just such an emergency—and the new systems that the U.S. government has invested in are working. The emergency coordination and resource mobilization mechanisms put in place with CDC support reacted well and fast. Mental health nurses who were trained to support Ebola survivors are providing psychosocial support to the several-thousand people who lost homes and relatives: more than 1,000 people died in the landslide. The CHWs recently trained by APC have undergone a 15-day social mobilization exercise to identify and convey messages on the prevention of cholera and other waterborne diseases to at-risk populations. With USAID and DfID support, JSI is assisting the MOHS relief efforts with emergency delivery of essential pharmaceutical and medical consumables to one area hospital and six primary care units.

This most recent tragedy has demonstrated that the country’s service delivery system has improved. One year after the outbreak ended, the MOHS data showed about a 10% positive change in uptake of facility deliveries and outpatient services in the four districts where 70% of Ebola survivors live. Now that health facilities have been revitalized, and health care workers are providing higher-quality services, we are seeing more and more Sierra Leoneans returning to their local health facilities.

There is still much to be done, of course. But Sierra Leone is on its way to a health system that meets the needs of its people—and, given the toll that Ebola took, is ready to confront the next infectious disease—be it Ebola or some other virus—with stronger, better prepared health services. And that helps us all.

Spillover: Zika, Ebola & Beyond – Film Screening and Discussion

Organized by Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History 

Spillover: Zika, Ebola & Beyond

Film Screening and Discussion

November 15, 2016
6:30 – 8:30 pm 
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History
Baird Auditorium



Over the last half century, a number of diseases have spilled over from animals to humans with increasing frequency. What’s behind the rise in spillover diseases? What can we do to stop them?

PBS documentary Spillover — Zika, Ebola & Beyond, produced by HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, is a harrowing documentary that follows scientists into the world’s hot zones in a search for answers. And it does so while providing much needed scientific context for the most recent Ebola and Zika outbreaks. The film extends to the new frontiers of disease detection, prevention, and containment, and travels the world with virus hunters who are tracking old enemies while vigilantly looking out for new foes.

A discussion after the screening will focus on Zika and how scientists have tracked the disease globally and locally, how the disease affects people and what we need to know to help manage and prevent an outbreak in DC and beyond. 

Featured Speakers

Vanessa van der Linden, M.D., Neuropediatrician, Association for Assistance of Disabled Children, AACD, Recife, Brazil; Barão de Lucena Hospital, HBL, Recife, Brazil, the first to recognize the severity and extent of the Zika outbreak on newborn children in Brazil.

Anthony Fauci, M.D., Immunologist, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Yvonne-Marie Linton, Ph.D., Research Entomologist, Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit.

LaQuandra S. Nesbitt, M.D., M.P.H., Director, DC Department of Health.

The Ebola Crisis and Innovative WASH Solutions

The Ebola Crisis and Innovative WASH Solutions

September 28, 2016
10:00 am



Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) has played a critical role in the fight against Ebola and has promoted ongoing community health in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea. Now, almost a year later, we must ask ourselves “What’s next?” How can we ensure that lessons learned are incorporated into how the WASH sector promotes sustained behavior change? Can the response to the Ebola crisis frame how the world responds to infectious diseases?

Join The Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing to discuss these questions and more. Experts from the CDC, Global Communities, UNICEF (to be confirmed), and more will share key takeaways on the impact of infection prevention and control, CLTS approaches, and WASH interventions in schools.

Global Preparedness for Pandemics Symposium: Lessons from Ebola

Global Preparedness for Pandemics Symposium: Lessons from Ebola

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
9:00 am-4:00 pm
MaRS Auditorium, 101 College St.

On Wednesday, October 28, The Gairdner Foundation will be holding “Global Preparedness for Pandemics: Lessons from Ebola,” a symposium in honour of the 2015 Canada Gairdner Global Health Awardee Dr. Peter Piot.

With leaders from the lab, the treatment pipeline and direct from the field of treatment, we will be discussing what we have learned about addressing the modern pandemic phenomenon.

We welcome you to join us, and to distribute the attached program and poster to your organization and those who may be interested.

This is a free event which will also be available by webcast.

Register with sarah@gairdner.org