Who we are

 

( 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.

A Holistic Framework to Sustainably Combat Infectious Disease

APAR will be built on a multi-disciplinary and inter-sectoral strategy that provides a comprehensive SSC One Health Security framework to

Establish a network of interdisciplinary and intersectoral experts to enhance the pan-regional bio-security capacity to prepare for and respond to high threat human and veterinary infectious disease with the potential for transboundary impact.

To provide a forum for regular policy coordination among pan-regional partners, sharing information of lessons learned and best practices while facilitating all aspects of intersectoral coordination

To engage bio-economy stakeholders to devise strategies geared towards mitigating future cascading impacts of diseases on economies

To launch a platform that advances sustainable health innovation in the areas of treatments, medical devices, vaccines, and diagnostics for the developing world

To serve as a forum to advance Social & Behavioral Interventionsbest practices.