Presided over by His Excellency, H. E Professor Emeritus Dr. Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, Honourable Minister of Public Health, Thailand, the three – day regional Workshop was conjointly hosted by the Ministry of Public Health through Department of Medical Sciences and the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives through Department of Livestock Development, in collaboration with USAID and FAO.
Convened under the theme of “Enhancing Joint Collaborative Efforts for Lab Preparedness”, more than a hundred delegations from both animal health laboratories and human health laboratories from USA, South Africa Tanzania and Thailand as leading countries of GHSA Detect 1; contributing countries of GHSA Detect 1, Republic of Korea as the Chair of GHSA Steering Committee as well as 11 key development partners were gathered to discuss on among others, lab and AMR, advancing One Health Concept towards Lab preparedness and responses, and how public health and animal health sectors can coordinate and collaborate to combat global health threats.
Along three days, participating countries updated their progress by utilizing the Strategic Roadmap on Laboratory System Strengthening [2016-2020], shared experiences on national lab preparedness when facing Ebola, MERS, and Nipah Virus outbreaks, as well as visited lab AMR for both animal heath lab and human health lab.
Key messages transpiring from the three – day Workshop include:
- Encouraging countries to utilize the Strategic Roadmap on Laboratory System Strengthening [2016-2020];
- Requesting for continued Support required the Tripartite [FAO, OIE, WHO] include Harmonize Lab assessment tools; Capacity building on selected zoonotic diseases, and leveraging a platform to enhance linkages of GHSA AP through One Health Approach such as “ Four Ways Linking”, etc.
- Strengthening roles of Lead countries and contributing countries in implementing and scaling up regional activities;
- Enhancing lab networking such as ASEAN and SAARC Lab Directors Forum;
- Advocacy to higher level through appropriate channels;
- Requesting for countries’ commitments/contributions to achieve common GHSA’s goals based on the measurable indicators in JEE’s; and
- Identifying possible collaborative regional activities of animal health and human health lab such as Training on AMR surveillance; and External Quality Assurance (EQA) on AMR.
Launched in 2014 to promote global health security as an international security priority, GHSA aims to enhance and complement the implementation of the International Health Regulations 2005 through 11 Action Packages. Among others, Thailand takes leadership on the two Actions Packages including “Detect 1: National Laboratory System” and “Detect 5: Workforce Development”.
Mr. Kanate Temtrirath
Department of Medical Sciences,
Ministry of Public Health,
Tel: 02 589 0022, 02 951 000