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Success Stories

Read the featured success stories from GHSA partners and contributing organizations:


PSRT and Uganda sign a Memorandum of Understanding for GHSAPublic-private partnership for global health security between Uganda and Private Sector Roundtable launched at WHA72

At the 72nd World Health Assembly last week, the Private Sector Roundtable and the Government of Uganda signed a Memorandum of Understanding to advance the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA). The partnership marks the first between the PSRT and a GHSA country and will serve to support Uganda in addressing specific health security needs as identified by its Joint External Evaluation.


Global Health Security Agenda Private Sector RoundtableLeveraging Private Sector Technology to Track Progress for GHSA: Qlik and the Private Sector Roundtable Launch Online Tool

In partnership with the Private Sector Roundtable, software company Qlik, has developed and launched an online platform to showcase data from the Joint External Evaluations in a way that is user-friendly and easily navigable for GHSA countries and partners.


A member of the organization, Doctors Without Borders, i.e., Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) (Lt) and a Ugandan health worker were preparing kits for Ebola survivor patients to take home when they were discharged from the Hospital.Responding Faster than Ever in the Hot Zone

With support from CDC and partners through the Global Health Security Agenda, Uganda is responding faster than ever to contain outbreaks at the source. The country’s national public health emergency operations center (PHEOC) coordinates strong surveillance and response systems that work hand-in-hand to tackle emergencies.


Laboratory investigations at Kajana village, March 2017Tanzania's Disease Detectives Crack a Complicated Case

In March 2017, a mystery illness struck in Tanzania. In the village of Kajana, more than 100 children reported symptoms that included headache, abdominal pain, and fever. The government of Tanzania dispatched a team of disease detectives from the country’s Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program to pinpoint the cause of the illness and determine how to stop it.


Maintaining hand hygiene is one aspect of (IPC) practices, which are critical to stopping the spread of resistant germs in healthcare settingsVietnam Tracks Multi-drug Resistant Bacteria

In Vietnam, rates of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) are among the highest in Asia, with multi-drug-resistant infections causing thousands of deaths annually. The region has recently seen the emergence of serious antimicrobial resistance in tuberculosis, malaria, and bacteria commonly associated with hospital-acquired infections (HAI).


A motorcycle courier delivers laboratory samples over rough roads in Liberia.Motorcycles Help Speed Diagnosis in Liberia

When infectious diseases strike, getting a fast and accurate laboratory diagnosis is critical to stopping an outbreak from becoming a widespread epidemic. Before the West Africa Ebola epidemic, Liberia had no system in place for getting clinical samples from remote areas to diagnostic labs – a journey that could take as many as eight hours on public transportation or over difficult terrain.


Lab workers in ThailandReducing the Risk of Bioterrorism and Laboratory Dangers

In Southeast Asia, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) Strengthening Laboratory Capacity Program in Thailand helps train workers who can certify laboratory biological safety cabinets (BSCs). BSCs protect both workers and the surrounding community when laboratories work with infectious materials.


CDC team works with the FETP advisor in the county health team's EOC.Faster, Smarter Outbreak Response in Liberia

In 2014-2015, Liberia suffered more than 10,000 cases of Ebola and over 4,800 Ebola-related deaths. It took the country months to mount an effective response to the epidemic, as needed public health systems had to be built in the face of the expanding crisis.


Health care workers at Cameroon’s Laquintinie Regional HospitalData Inspires Lifesaving Action in Sierra Leone

Disease detectives know that data can save lives. This is why three CDC-trained disease detectives from Sierra Leone’s Frontline Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP-Frontline) searched the country’s treasure troves of surveillance data on diseases like tuberculosis, Lassa fever, and acute flaccid paralysis (which is associated with polio). Here’s how they turned the numbers they found into meaningful action.


Health care workers at Cameroon’s Laquintinie Regional HospitalVietnam Update: Community-Based Surveillance Yields Results

Sometimes, the most valuable resources in detecting an outbreak are the people closest to it. Arming community health workers and other local leaders with the information they need to make decisions about when and how an illness should be reported is an important measure in controlling outbreaks before they have a chance to spread.


Health care workers at Cameroon’s Laquintinie Regional HospitalProgress in Pakistan: Growing Response to Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

Over the past two years, Pakistan has significantly increased its ability to investigate and respond to outbreaks of deadly but preventable diseases like measles, pertussis, and diphtheria. The key to their success has been through building a skilled workforce of disease detectives and responders who are also tapping into their local communities.


A health post in Forécariah, Guinea.Guinea Forges Critical Links to Laboratories

In Guinea, health facilities in rural areas didn’t have a working specimen referral chain to get samples from community health centers to laboratories; they had limited training and supplies to deliver biological materials safely. This meant that patients in Guinea had to travel to the nearest hospital, sometimes for hours or days, even to get routine examinations. When faced with this obstacle, many people did not seek treatment at all.


Dead bird at the affected site of Kalanga District, Uganda.Uganda's Rapid Response to Avian Influenza Virus Outbreak in Birds

When local fishermen in Uganda spotted a massive die-off of migratory birds, it raised an alarm for the country. In January 2017, in the Lake Victoria island and lakeshore districts of Kalangala, Masaka, and Wakiso, about 10,000 white-winged black terns died unexpectedly, and health experts needed to find out why.


Health care workers at Cameroon’s Laquintinie Regional HospitalFirst-Of-Its-Kind Exercise Tests Cameroon’s Ability to Detect, Respond and Stop Cholera ‘Outbreak’

Cameroon conducted the most rigorous test to date of it's ability to provide accurate disease diagnosis, case management, surveillance and coordination and to measure how well health officials were able collect information, analyze it, predict the outbreak’s scope and direction and how to effectively combat it.


A child is vaccinated by a health worker in Cote d'Ivoire.Success Stories - 2017

As of October 2017, more than sixty countries have joined the GHSA, along with numerous multilateral organizations and non-governmental stakeholders, including the private sector. The GHSA Success Stories are many and this document compiles but a fraction of all the multisectoral and multilateral efforts implemented in the past year.

A health worker washes her hands outside a training on infection prevention and control practices.It Takes a Village: A Community Approach to Stopping Outbreaks in Guinea

Three years ago, Ebola in a remote area in Guinea spread and grew into the world's first epidemic of the virus. We quickly saw that the most effective way to stop infectious diseases from spreading was to involve the whole community.


The evaluation team at the Washa Health Center, Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples Region of EthiopiaImproving National Surveillance and Response Systems One Country at a Time

Ebola taught us how easily a deadly disease can spread worldwide if there are no effective surveillance and response systems to detect and control disease outbreaks at the source.


Dr. Dieynaba Kane at the FETP Frontline graduation ceremony with CDC Senegal Country Director, Dr. Michael KinzerSnow in Senegal

Stopping a contagious illness often requires detective work, like that of the father of modern epidemiology, Dr. John Snow. In 1854 Dr. Snow, applying disease detection techniques, identified a well in the Soho district of London as the source of a cholera outbreak and removed the pump handle on the well to stop the outbreak.


ivory-coast-talkCôte d'Ivoire: Using Leadership Practices for Epidemic Preparedness

Implementing the Leadership Development Program Plus in Côte d'Ivoire makes it possible to mobilize and engage all stakeholders in the fight against epidemics like Ebola.


drc-graduates-fetpDRC: Bridging the Gap During the Ebola Epidemic

During the Ebola epidemic, disease detectives from the Democratic Republic of Congo brought contact-tracing expertise to Guinea to help find and stop the disease.


ethiopia-lab-1Ethiopia: Bringing Laboratory Safety Home

Biosafety cabinets safeguard scientists as they diagnose the world’s most deadly diseases. Ethiopia is reducing its costs and increasing its independence through training a group of engineers to maintain the 120+ biosafety cabinets in Ethiopia’s laboratories.


india-labs-eis-officerIndia: Labs Rise to the Challenge

India is improving its ability to detect one of its most common killers: acute diarrheal disease.


india-gathering-01India: Staying Healthy at "The Biggest Gathering on Earth"

The Hindu pilgrimmage of Kumbh Mela is billed as the "Biggest Gathering on Earth". So how do local health officials tackle 60 million incoming pilgrims without any major public health incidents?


kazakhstan-labsKazakhstan: Improving Labs One Step at a Time

As part of a large-scale project to modernize Kazakhstan’s outdated laboratories, the “stepwise” laboratory improvement process is producing immediate and measurable results.


mali-photo-polio-v2Mali: A Wider Net Catches Polio

A field epidemiology training program called FETP STEP, which was put in place to address the Ebola outbreak, turned out to also be key in thwarting a potentially devastating outbreak of polio.


pakistan-detectives-01Pakistan: Disease Detectives Protect Children

Pakistan’s disease detectives are saving the lives of children by stopping vaccine-preventable diseases like measles, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, hepatitis B, and Hib disease.


2.8 million Children in Sierra Leone were vaccinated against measles during campaigns this year.  Sierra Leone (IDSR) (GHSA) in Action

Public health workers can take action to prevent the spread of disease, and thereby prevent illnesses and deaths, when authorities are alerted quickly about a disease occurrence.


Role playing how to refer a case to a health facilityTanzania Surveillance (GHSA) in Action

Tanzania is filling in the gaps of its health facility-based disease surveillance system to rapidly detect outbreaks by leveraging existing local community structures.


thai-conf-01Thailand Hosts Fourth Video Conference on Global Health Security Agenda

On May 31, 2016, Thailand hosted the fourth video conference on the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) Action Package: Detect 1: National Laboratory Systems.


vietnam-stakeholdersVietnam: Empowering Communities to Detect Potential Outbreaks Early

Diseases may start in local communities before they spread and become widespread outbreaks. Vietnam is harnessing the power of community members to identify potential outbreaks earlier to shorten response times and avert epidemics.