( 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.
Elevate Community Awareness Through One Health Education and Social & Behavioral Intervention
Advance Awareness and Behavioral Change In Diverse Communities Regarding The Risks And Prevention Of Zoonotic Disease Transmission
- Sharing of best practices on existing evidence based national and regional risk communication strategies
- Identifying and advancing methods to assess targeted communities as well as human and veterinary health care workers KABP (Knowledge, Attitude, Behavioral, Practice)
- Develop of communities of practice that can advance culturally appropriate (i.e. for tribal and pastoral communities) social & behavioral communication and targeted audience engagement strategies
- Develop opportunities to regionally develop, pre-test and disseminate Information Education Communication (ICE) and Social Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) materials
APAR Health Security Academic Partnership and Education – Focus: Public Engagement & Outreach
- Throughout the alliance member countries, APAR will aim to establish academic and educational partnership networks that focus on community health security education and outreach through
- Collaborative research
- Post doc and faculty exchange
- Development of undergraduate and graduate coursework and degrees in the field of Health Security
- Develop centers of excellence for education and training in specific areas through enhanced collaboration among colleges and institutes of human medicine, veterinary medicine, and public health
- Devise curricula aimed at advancing health security knowledge at the primary and secondary educational levels (school-aged children and young adults), and vocational education
- Develop applied practical training curricula for workers in the veterinary and human health care field