Switzerland participates in the Global Health Security Agenda. Launched by the United States, this initiative is aimed at boosting the efficiency of the global fight against communicable diseases, including Ebola, polio and MERS coronavirus.
Aims of the GHSA
The GHSA is a multilateral initiative aimed at supporting implementation of the WHO International Health Regulations. The initiative includes eleven action packages, which are devoted to specific aspects of global health security. These include vaccination, the training of healthcare workers or antimicrobial resistance
How the GHSA works
Since it was founded in 2014, membership of the GHSA has increased to around fifty States. The GHSA is run by a multilateral Steering Group, comprising ten countries, and is supported by international organisations including the World Health Organisation (WHO), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health.
Switzerland is contributing to two action packages:
- Antimicrobial resistance. In 2015, Switzerland published a comparative study on this subject, setting out different national strategies including best practices.
- National laboratory system. Switzerland wishes to offer training and professional development opportunities in this field in order to improve laboratory capacities.
Switzerland was, moreover, one of the first countries to request an assessment of its capacity to implement the International Health Regulations. In addition, in February 2016, it launched an executive programme on global health security. This training is offered to nationals of GHSA member states as Switzerland's contribution to the initiative.
Last modification 19.07.2018