HSP, in collaboration with the Indonesia One Health University Network (INDOHUN), hosted a three-day consultation meeting on July 10-12, 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia for the implementation of the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) in Afghanistan. Attendees at the meeting included an Afghan delegation with representation from various government ministries who are involved in the implementation of the GHSA.
The meeting began with opening remarks from the Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal and Security Affairs and the Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Culture of Indonesia, as well as a member of Parliament, Wolesi Jirga, of the National Assembly of Afghanistan. HSP and INDOHUN brought representatives from relevant government institutions in Indonesia to share best practices related to the implementation of specific GHSA action packages, including: immunization, emergency operations centers, antimicrobial resistance, zoonotic diseases, linking public health and law enforcement, national laboratory systems and biosafety and biosecurity. Each presentation was followed by a forum for cross-sectoral discussion between Indonesian and Afghan stakeholders. In addition to these activities, the meeting included a field visit to the Ministry of Health to explore the Public Health Emergency Operations Center (PHEOC). Throughout the consultation, presenters and attendees engaged in valuable dialogue, identifying strategic actions for GHSA implementation and creating opportunities for future collaboration between Indonesia and Afghanistan. The GHSA consultation was an important opportunity for both governments to engage in South-South cooperation for global health security.
The event was supported by funding from the Biosecurity Engagement Program (BEP) of the U.S. Department of State.