Global Health Risk Framework: Resilient and Sustainable Health Systems to Respond to Global Infectious Disease Outbreaks: A Workshop
An ad hoc committee will plan and conduct a 3-day public workshop that will identify and explore the core capabilities and capacities required across key sectors to build effective, resilient, and sustainable systems that support improved health outcomes in countries across the globe. While all countries are susceptible to new or emerging infectious diseases, especially in focus will be those lacking a strong health infrastructure. The committee will define the specific workshop topics to be addressed, develop the agenda, select and invite speakers, and moderate workshop discussions.
The workshop will examine and define core components and capacity and capability requirements for effective, resilient, adaptive and sustainable health systems. Core capabilities will be explored in the context of ongoing concurrent efforts, including the International Health Regulations, the Post-2015 Hyogo Framework, Global Health Security Agenda, Health in All Policies, and the Sustainable Development Goals. Key measures and indicators for each core component will also be identified. Areas for consideration will include
- Surveillance and Health Information Systems: information technology, multifunctional platforms, networks, and related processes to detect, assess, and report potential disease outbreaks and other human and environmental hazards, threats, and risks; risk communication; information and communication portals (both tradi-
- tional and nontraditional such as population surveys, community outreach activities and social media).
- Workforce Capacity: education and training of a competent workforce of health care and other professionals; strengthening of systems for identification, mobilization, coordination and management of local and regional providers (e.g., health care workers, traditional and faith-based healers), and foreign medical teams (World Health Organization Global Reserve Corps, International Medical Corps, Médecins Sans Frontiéres); workforce care and protection.
- Health Systems Infrastructure: physical infrastructure, point of care access (pre-hospital, ambulatory, inpatient); clinical care and other workforce capabilities; outbreak response capacities; public health, laboratory, behavioral health, and social services capacities (including those associated with the International Health Regulations); surge capacity; learning health care system models; infection control practices; fatality management and burial practices.
- Community, Regional and Global Partner Engagement: establishing and building community trust and social capital, engagement, and accountability; policies and processes (International Health Partnership principles) for identification, coordination, and management of partners (governmental, nongovernmental, private-sector, faith-based organizations, health sector, and nonhealth sector).
- Supply Chain Coordination and Management: medical countermeasure monitoring, distribution, dispensing, and tracking of medical and pharmaceutical products and supplies; monitoring and tracking adverse events, policies and processes for scarce resource allocation; assessment of surge capacity.
A summary of the presentations and discussions at the workshop will be prepared by a designated rapporteur in accordance with institutional guidelines.