Stakeholders consider advancement of public health emergency and preparedness programmes

The way forward for developing a National Action Plan for Health Securities (NAPHS) to further strengthen the country’s health system and improve emergency response to public health threats will be presented on Thursday 2nd August 2018.

The presentation will be done at the Savoy Conference Room, in Beau Vallon, at 1.30pm.

This is part of two-day workshop facilitated by two external consultants from the World Health Organization (WHO), in which individuals from different sectors with expertise in specific areas of Public Health Emergency planning and response will deliberate on objectives and activities that will eventually produce the National Action Plan.

Areas to be explored include; National Legislation, Policy and Financing; Communication and Advocacy; Antimicrobial Resistance; Zoonosis; Food Safety; Biosafety and Biosecurity; Immunisation; National Laboratory system; Real Time Surveillance; Reporting; Workforce Development; Preparedness; Emergency Response Operations; Linking Public Health with Securities; Medical Counter measures and personal Deployment; Risk Communication; Points of Entry; Chemical Events and Radiation Emergencies.

Health security is of immense importance in a world threatened by a wide range of infectious and non-infectious hazards. Preparedness for such situations needs continuous revisions and updates, and can at times be quite inadequate. According to evaluations done in line with the 2005 International Health Regulations (IHR) developed by WHO, only one third of countries currently meet the minimum requirements to detect, assess, notify and report public health events.

Seychelles conducted an evaluation of its capacity to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to public health threats earlier this year in March 2018. The assessment measured the country’s specific status and progress in achieving set targets and the draft report has already been produced and submitted.

The national action plan is globally recognised an effective tool to use nationwide to outline proposed work in a certain area. The National Action Plan for Health Securities will provide a clearer pathway to achieving the goals outlined in the previous evaluation and also reinforce successful strategies and significantly minimise both health and economic consequences.


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