( 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.
Accelerate Translational Health Technology Innovation
Advance Medical Technology Innovation Driven by the Global South that is Sustainable and Fit for Purpose
- Promote developing-world-based sustainable health technology innovation
Coordinate and Facilitate the Establishment of Intersectoral Translational Medical Technology Innovation Networks
- Build broad partnerships that accelerate knowledge exchange and transfer, multi-stakeholder innovation platforms, and academic exchange with leading institutions in Africa, Asia, as well as in Central & S America
- In particular, advanced biotechnology/Health Innovation in the areas of pan-regional diagnostic, vaccine and therapeutic innovation and discovery
- Partner/coordinate with global technology innovation networks to gain lessons learned and contribute to innovations
Catalyze Technology Innovation That Addresses Over-the-Horizon Hard-Challenge Problems in the Areas of Diagnostics, Vaccines and Therapeutics
- Develop fit for purpose Tech Platforms and Prototypes point of care diagnostic platforms, as well as multiplexing solutions
- Innovate “label-free” detection/identification of novel viruses.
- Catalyze pharmaceutical and vaccine strategy innovation
- Identify opportunities to leverage new and emerging technologies like machine learning, artificial intelligence, synthetic biology, cyber-data, integrated autosensing to prepare for and respond to future outbreaks
- Clinical trial networks that can rapidly coordinate accelerate clinical trials for pharmaceutical innovations
APAR Health Security Academic Partnership and Education – Focus Technology Innovation
- Throughout the alliance member countries, APAR will aim to establish academic and educational partnership networks that drive technology innovation through:
- Collaborative research
- Post doc and faculty exchange
- Development of undergraduate and graduate coursework and degrees in the field of Health Security