As the world’s fourth most populated country, Indonesia plays an important strategic role in protecting the global community from infectious disease threats. As one of the early countries to take a leadership role in the Global Health Security (GHS) Agenda, the Government of Indonesia will welcome senior health and agricultural leaders from 36 countries and 12 international organizations for the next commitment meeting August 20-21. The meeting, “Building Global Commitment to Multisectoral Approaches to Manage Emerging Zoonotic Diseases in Support of the Global Health Security Agenda within the Framework of Public Health”, demonstrates the progress and growing momentum of the GHS Agenda.
CDC has collaborated with Indonesia for more than fifty years. Short- and long-term technical assistance from CDC staff has helped the Indonesian Ministry of Health (MoH) address a wide range of high-priority public health needs, including communicable diseases, noncommunicable diseases, injuries, and strengthening surveillance. As CDC Country Director in Indonesia for the last three years, it has been an honor and privilege to work alongside our Indonesian counterparts to advance public health and the GHS Agenda.
Recent CDC and Indonesia MoH collaborations include support for maternal and child health and malaria control and elimination, surveillance for influenza and respiratory diseases, immunizations, enhancing laboratory-based early warning surveillance systems, and the Field Epidemiology Training Program. CDC works closely with the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, and USAID in supporting collaborations with the MoH.
The GHS Agenda is a WHO Member State-driven effort to accelerate progress toward global implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR), building on the IHR obligations of all Member States to collaborate in the development, strengthening, and maintenance of IHR core capacities. Participation in the GHS Agenda is open to all Member States who can make a specific commitment to accelerate measurable progress toward the GHS Agenda objectives.
Through focused leadership and high-level political will, the GHS Agenda aims to bring together other sectors in addition to health (including agriculture, security, development, and foreign affairs) in a whole-of-government—as well as a whole-of-society—approach to address infectious disease threats.
As we look ahead to the next GHS Agenda event at the White House on September 26, when nations around the world will present their comprehensive and integrated commitments, the meeting this week in Indonesia underscores Indonesia’s commitment to global health security and its important role in the international community and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
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