April 15, 2021

HSP Convenes Virtual Summit With Officials From Afghanistan’s Public Health, Agricultural Ministries, Private Sector To Achieve Global Health Security Agenda Goals

In Afghanistan, HSP recently convened a group of sixteen stakeholders from the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock (MAIL), Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), the Ulema Council, Afghanistan Medical Association, Afghanistan Veterinary Association, and other nongovernmental institutions, in order to discuss how to best meet Afghanistan’s commitments in the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA). 

During the meeting, the group of stakeholders discussed how they could further strengthen cooperation with religious and security authorities in order to achieve a culture of biosecurity at the community level. This culture will help Afghanistan better address the COVID-19 pandemic, polio eradication, and other outbreaks from Anthrax and Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF).The representative from the Ulema Council stressed the need for a unified health security response between the government, private sector, and community stakeholders. 

The summit also included a discussion about how to address national legislative barriers surrounding the implementation of the National Action Plan for Health Security (NAPHS). 

This was the first of a series of engagements in the GHSA Leaders Program continuing HSP's 2018 Afghanistan-Indonesia GHSA consultation that resulted in Afghanistan acceptance to the GHSA in 2019.