Mangaluru: The Global Health Security Agenda, this year, organised a two-day Global Health Security Summit at AJ Medical Sciences and Research Centre on May 11 and 12. More than 40 national presidents or secretaries of the different medical associations of India, and members of Centre for Disease Control (CDC) participated in it. The summit works towards making several joint declarations to combat epidemic diseases.
Dr Ashok Hegde, Dean of AJ Institute of Medical Sciences was the chief guest for the inaugural ceremony held on Thursday, May 11.
Other chief guests present were Dr Prashanth Marla, medical director, AJ Hospital and Research Centre, Dr Sagar Galwankar CEO- INDUSEM, Dr Rajeev Sharma CDC-nodal officer, GHSA India, Dr Vikas Kapil associate director CDC, Dr Sujeet K Singh DDG-IH and MH, Dte GHS, MOHFW, Dr JK Das, director NIHFW , Christie Vu, deputy director, DGHP CDC-India office, Dr Santosh T Soans, professor and head of Department of Pediatrics AJ Institute of Medical Sciences, and president-elect IAP this year.
Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), a global initiative, helps strengthen International Health Regulation (IHR 2005). It was initially a partnership of nearly 50 nations, international organisations and non-governmental stakeholders. It facilitates collaborative capacity-building efforts to achieve specific and measurable targets around biological threats. It also accelerates achievement of the core capacities required by the World Health Organization's (WHO's), International Health Regulations (IHR), the World Organization of Animal Health's (OIE) Performance of Veterinary Services Pathway, and other relevant global health security frameworks.
This partnership is led and supported by a GHSA Steering Group composed of 10 member nations. India is a member of Steering Committee. The chair of this Steering Group is filled by a different nation each year.
The Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) was launched in February 2014 and the launch was joined by many partner countries remotely. India was represented by Secretary Health and Family Welfare through video conferencing from WHO-SEARO office.
GHSA projects in India started in year 2015. There are 17 partner institutions (11 governments, 4 non-governments and 2 international organizations).
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