Strengthening health security everywhere (May 2022)

TDDA will be sharing its experience and research with global health security policy-makers at major conference


TDDA has been selected to give three presentations to the international community of global health security professionals, academics, scientists and policy-makers attending the Global Health Security Conference 2022 in Singapore.


The adaptive and responsive nature of the TDDA programme means we are a test bed for new approaches for strengthening health security in disease-prone countries. By sharing our experiences and research at this important global gathering we aim to support policies for detection, prevention and control of infectious disease threats everywhere.


TDDA presentations:


National Action Plan for Health Security (NAPHS) annual performance review - Côte d’Ivoire


A NAPHS is a vital tool that equips countries so that they are better able to prevent, prepare for, and respond to, dangerous disease outbreaks. While establishing this plan is an important first step, it is essential to monitor its implementation so that challenges can be identified and overcome.


Dr. Aristide Dionkounda, TDDA’s country coordinator in Côte d’Ivoire, will share how we helped to evaluate health security interventions against planned activities for the year 2020, working closely with the National One Health Platform (the multi-sectoral coordination mechanism responsible for the prevention, detection and response to public health events). Through our technical support, we helped stakeholders from a wide range of disciplines, plus technical and financial partners, to carry out the evaluation using the World Health Organization’s REMAP tool. The findings have since guided the development of Côte d’Ivoire’s 2021 annual NAPHS operational plan and future performance monitoring.


Dynamics of COVID-19’s spread in Mali


TDDA’s country coordinator for Mali, Dr. Souleymane Diarra, will present our study describing the epidemiology of COVID-19 cases during the first five months of the pandemic in Mali. Our objective was to understand the dynamics of the infection’s spread to inform intervention and mitigation strategies needed by decision-makers to control the pandemic and limit its impact on lives and livelihoods. The study identified a high prevalence of cases in cities and showed that men in the 30-39 age group were the most affected. These insights strengthened the understanding of how early response actions could be prioritized.


Supporting greater coordination in Mali


Dr. Diarra will also share learnings from our work with the Malian government to map health security resources and identify potential areas for collaboration. By bringing together a broad mix of stakeholders to map investments and activities across the country, this work has highlighted where critical gaps lie. It is strengthening joint planning and coordination, improving Mali’s preparedness and responses to serious health threats.


TDDA’s work in Mali is delivered by Fondation Mérieux, in partnership with Mali’s Ministry of Health and the Fondation Mérieux USA