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Global Health Security
Agenda (GHSA)

The launching of the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) in 2014 marks collectively global efforts in moving towards a safe and secure world from infectious threats, as well as promoting global health security as an international security priority. GHSA will accelerate and complement an implementation of International Health Regulations (2005) by addressing cross-sectoral approach.

ACTION PACKAGE

GHSA Detect 1 at a Glance

GHSA DeGHSA Action Package Detect 1: National Laboratory System, one of the eight GHSA Action Packages, aims for “real-time bio-surveillance with capable national laboratory systems and effective modern point-of-care and laboratory-based diagnostics”. Lead countries of Detect 1 include USA, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, and Thailand. In Thailand the work is led by the Department of Medical Sciences (DMSc), Ministry of Public Health.tect 1 at a Glance

A series of regional activities have been implemented since 2015, see this link for more details. In addition, the Regional Strategic Roadmap on Laboratory System Strengthening [2016-2020] has been developed to provide general guidance for GHSA member countries in developing and enhancing national laboratory systems. The Roadmap also serves as a tool/framework for countries to follow their progress with GHSA: Detect 1 activities as well as for regional collaboration. Furthermore, the Roadmap aims to enhance inter-regional health related networks through promoting one health and networking. Regional networking of laboratories has been raised as an important recommendation to support GHSA Detect 1 initiatives.

RECOMMENDATION

Establishment of the Regional Public
Health Laboratory (RPHL) Network

As a GHSA Detect 1 recommendation, a three-day Inception Workshop was held in Bangkok, Thailand on October 29 – 31, 2019 to discuss the establishment of a Regional Public Health Laboratory (RPHL) Network. The workshop brought together country representatives from the member countries to review relevant existing laboratory networks, identify features and mechanisms of those that led to success, lessons learned from those experiences, and then use them to guide the successful establishment of a RPHL Network. During the workshop, the RPHL Network Terms of Collaboration (TOC) was established and the use of a website to serve as a channel to increase collaboration and information sharing, was agreed upon.

Under Thailand’s leadership through the DMSc, with support of USAID through the Infectious Disease Detection and Surveillance (IDDS) project, the RPHL Network will serve as a networking mechanism amongst GHSA member countries, interested countries, and others relevant laboratory networks. The Network will provide support in strengthening national laboratory systems for the timely detection of pathogens with outbreak potential. The RPHL Network’s functions are shown in figure 1.

FUNCTION 01

Communication

Enhancing communication,
coordination,and collaboration

FUNCTION

RPHL Network’s
functions

FUNCTION 02

Linkage

Linkage for encouraging partnership and collaboration

FUNCTION 03

Sharing

Sharing knowledge, information and resources

FUNCTION 04

E-learning

Providing an E-learning Platform

FUNCTION 05

Capacity building

Facilitating capacity building

FUNCTION

RPHL Network’s
functions

FUNCTION 01

Communication

Enhancing communication,
coordination,and collaboration

FUNCTION 02

Linkage

Linkage for encouraging partnership and collaboration

FUNCTION 03

Sharing

Sharing knowledge, information and resources

FUNCTION 04

E-learning

Providing an E-learning Platform

FUNCTION 05

Capacity building

Facilitating capacity building

NETWORK

RPHL Network’s implementing mechanism

To ensure that RPHL Network fully functions and operations smoothly, implementing mechanisms for the network were agreed upon and outlined in figure 2, with further detail below:

Identified Contact Person

Interested countries are requested to nominate “TWO” Contact Persons to act as national focal points and work closely with the Secretariat Team. Contact Persons in each countries & Membership Form Click here

Editorial Board

Editorial Team is selected from nominated “Contact Persons” to provide technical assistance to the Secretariat Team and to review all documents prior to being shared and uploaded on the RPHL Website. Additional technical assistance will be periodically requested by the Secretariat Team, as deemed necessary. Editorial board

RPHL Meetings

The RPHL Network will organize regular meetings both virtual and face-to-face meetings including annual meetings, as deemed appropriate.

Secretariat Team

Led by Thailand through the Department of Medical Sciences (DMSc), in consultation with key development partners and Detect 1 countries, an interim RPHL Network Secretariat Team has been established. The Secretariat Team comprises of representatives from the DMSc and can be contacted at: rphlnetwork@gmail.com

RPHL Network Website

RPHL Network website was formulated to be a means for communicating, sharing and coordinating among members.

RPHL Network’s Activities

Applying phasing approach, the RPHL Network’s will develop and implement its annual work plan. Find out more of RPHL Network’s activities; go to “News & Events”.

See Terms of Collaboration of RPHL Network for more information.