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Thailand Hosts Fourth Video Conference on Global Health Security Agenda: Detect 1 – National Laboratory System

GHSA partners at the video conference discuss the Detect 1 - National Laboratory System. GHSA partners at the video conference discuss the Detect 1 - National Laboratory System.

GHSA partners at the video conference discuss the Detect 1 - National Laboratory System.

Photo Credit: Dept. of Medical Sciences, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand

On May 31, Thailand hosted the fourth video conference on the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) Action Package: Detect 1: National Laboratory Systems. The conference was chaired by Dr. Apichai Mongkol, Director General of the Department of Medical Sciences for Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health. The video conference was attended by representatives of all GHSA: Detect 1 lead countries, including: South Africa, Thailand, and United States, as well as the World Health Organization and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Conference attendees discussed and supported the Thailand-proposed draft Regional Strategic Roadmap on Laboratory Strengthening (2016–2020). The Roadmap’s goal is to provide countries with general guidance in developing the National Roadmap on GHSA: Detect 1 and to serve as a monitoring framework.

This meeting will resume during the First Regional Workshop in in Bangkok, July 27. Key development partners are expected to attend as well as approximately 120 participants from lead countries, contributing countries, and countries from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation. There will be a face-to-face meeting of Lead Countries on July 28 to discuss and provide direction for accelerating and implementing the Roadmap.

GHSA, launched in 2014 to promote global health security as an international security priority, aims to enhance and complement implementation of the International Health Regulations 2005 through 11 Action Packages. Thailand is the lead on two Action Packages, including: "Detect 1: National Laboratory System Strengthening" and "Detect 5: Workforce Development."

 

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This update illustrates Thailand's commitment to meeting the following Global Health Security Agenda Action Packages:

  • National Laboratory System: real-time biosurveillance with a national laboratory system and effective modern point-of-care and laboratory-based diagnostics.
  • Workforce Development: one trained field epidemiologist per 200,000 population, and one trained veterinarian per 400,000 animal units.

This Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) Success Story provided with permission from: Department of Medical Sciences - Ministry of Public Health, Thailand