( APAR )
Advancing One Health Security Capacities in the Global South
Who we are
After recent outbreaks of EBOLA, Lassa, Zika, Plague, MERS-COV, COVID-19 isthe latest zoonotic epidemic that has infected >40 Mil people and resulted in more than 1,200,000 deaths with the numbers growing every day. These zoonotic outbreaks and those that will inevitably happen in the future, have illustrated the importance of strengthening coordinated one health security preparedness of regional response networks.These networks are essential to assure timely notification, prepare for, mitigate and respond to the threat of transboundary impact & proliferation of pathogens and diseases. In particular, as infectious diseases are mostly emerging in the southern hemisphere, they particularly affect human, veterinary and environmental health in the global south disproportionately.
On February 28th, 2019 at the New Delhi One Health India Conference, recognizing the continuing global threat and burden of zoonotic diseases, experts and representatives from 28 countries supported and signed a declaration that calls for establishing a global network that can effectively respond to this threat. Now, in response to this call for action the global Alliance for Pandemic Preparedness and Response (APAR) is being launched to address that critical need. APAR, as an independent entity, will catalyze South-South Cooperation (SSC) to holistically and sustainably advance health and bio-security capacities in the global south whilefacilitating the health security dialogue with the North.
Our Focus Area
Our focus areas are leveraged on a Holistic Framework for Building Comprehensive Health Security Capacities for the Global South through multisectoral and multidisciplinary coordination at South/South and North/South engagement level.
Strengthen National & Pan Regional Pandemic Preparedness and Response Capacity
Strengthen Pathogen and Select Agent Diagnostic POC & DX Capacity and Bio Safety & Security Capacities.
Priority focus on:
- National / Regional laboratory capacity and training in low resource settings (Opportunities for harmonization of SOPs)
- advance laboratory network diagnostic response capacities at the primary, secondary and tertiary level, including sample collection, referral, transport, and storage
- transparent, IHR compliant, outbreak reporting practices and data sharing mechanisms
- Bio-Safety and Security best clinical/veterinary laboratory practices
- physical security (hospitals, laboratories) in a post COVID world
- cybersecurity of biological sample data (to prevent theft or manipulation of data)
- novel threats potential from enabling biotechnologies
Facilitate Scientific Collaboration to Operationalize Coordinated Rapid Discovery of Virus Emergence.
- Identification of novel viruses in natural reservoirs at both the individual and population-level over time or via geographic location, including
- Discovery of viral evolution among natural reservoirs;
- rapid identification of spillover and spill back events from host species and secondary species;
- Enhance Transboundary and disease surveillance & understanding of transmission dynamics
- Identify opportunities to leverage new and emerging technologies like machine learning, artificial intelligence, synthetic biology, cyber-data, integrated autosensing to detect outbreaks as early as possible and enhance coordinated responses.
Strengthen and Advance Health System Capacities
- Facilitate regional dialogues/sharing of lessons learned on how to improve health systems preparedness and recovery capacities with a focus on
- primary health care and Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and
- preparedness for future waves of COVID-19 and other epidemics.
Coordinate Pan Regional Table-Top and Operational Field Exercises
- Coordinate regular pandemic preparedness and response table-top and field exercises at the state, national and pan-regional level coordination to generate lessons learned to inform implementation of best practices