The CDC's Enhancing Global Health Security: Expanding Efforts to Protect and Improve Public Health Globally (EGHS) project breaks through persistent barriers to outbreak prevention, detection and response in multiple countries in West Africa and Southeast Asia. The central goal of the project is to strengthen country-level surveillance and emergency response systems and provide support to address priority gaps to achieve the Global Health Security Agenda goals.
Funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the project is conducted through a consortium of partners that includes FHI 360, PATH, CRDF Global, University of Washington, SAVICS and ECHO Institute.
The project operates in Burkina Faso, Burma, Ghana, India, Nigeria and Senegal. Financial support specifically for COVID-19 activities in Burma and India is included.
The FHI 360 team focuses on the following objectives:
Burkina Faso, Ghana and Senegal
- Improve joint external evaluation benchmark scores and International Health Regulations
- Develop operational plans to address gaps in high-risk areas
- Strengthen the existing diagnostic and surveillance capacities related to COVID-19
- Increase detection capacity and access to COVID-19 and influenza testing
- Implement rapid assessment of the existing surveillance system to improve the ability to detect threats earlyI
- Enhance routine and emergency disease prevention and control activities at designated points of entry
- Strengthen regional networks for effective and coordinated responses to biological threats of international concern
- Develop risk communication and community engagement tools to address COVID-19 in certain migrant populations
- Strengthen the capacity of the ECOWAS/Regional Centre for Surveillance and Disease Control to serve as a strong regional coordination center for West Africa
- Strengthen the information technology infrastructure to improve data sharing, real-time surveillance and interconnectivity to enhance responses to biological threats
- Mitigate staffing gaps to support disease surveillance and response