The JEE Alliance meeting, co-chaired by Australia and Finland, addressed the integration of One Health into national health security capacity building with panelists representing Senegal, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, FAO, OIE, CEPI, as well as the upcoming Global Conference on Health Security. Participants also discussed the new workplan of the Alliance, which will focus the work of the multi-sectoral platform on thematic dialogues and information sharing in support of decision-making. After the first biennium, the Advisory Group of the network is now open for expressions of interest. The JEE Alliance also seeks to find a name to better reflect its focus on sustainable health security capacity building. Dialogue between different actors and initiatives is important in moving forward with a joint strategic approach for global health security.
The meeting of the JEE Alliance, a platform for multi-sectoral capacity building, on 5 November was co-chaired by Mr Robin Davies, Head of the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia, and Dr Päivi Sillanaukee, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health of Finland. In the panel discussion on integration of One Health into national health security capacity building. Dr Papa Seck, Technical Advisor of the Prime Minister highlighted success factors that have helped ensure multisectoral One Health collaboration in Senegal. Nick Adkin, Deputy Director of Global Health Security, United Kingdom presented the UK’s activities to counter AMR at national and global levels and Gert-Jan Rietveld, Senior Advisor, Global Health shed light on the Netherlands’ efforts in linking human, animal and health sectors. Dr Henk Jan Ormel, Senior Veterinary Policy Advisor stressed the linkage of food security and health security. Dr Susan Corning, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Director General of the OIE shared the priorities of the Performance of Veterinary Services (PVS) strategy. Gro Anett Nicolaysen, Director of Resource Mobilization of CEPI presented CEPI’s commitment to strengthening preparedness and Adam Kamradt-Scott, Associate Professor at the University of Sydney informed about the preparation of the Global Conference on Health Security in Sydney 2019.
The second part of the meeting focused on the work of the Alliance as a platform for dialogue and information sharing. The Co-Chairs presented the workplan of the Alliance, with the vision of “a world equipped to prevent as far as possible the emergence of health security threats and, where this cannot be done, quickly detect and effectively respond to them—particularly where those threats have the potential to cause harms on a national, regional or global scale”. The Alliance will seek to achieve this vision by facilitating thematic dialogues on the technical and financial challenges that countries face in health security capacity building and by assembling and disseminating information in support of national action plans for health security. The participants welcomed the workplan and focus on thematic areas, pointing to One Health, workforce and financing preparedness as some of the key areas. The co-chairs emphasized that the workplan is a living document that aims to serve the membership of the network. The co-chairs also highlighted the importance of continuous dialogue among different stakeholders and initiatives, including the Global Health Security Agenda and different regional actors, to ensure complementarity and synergies in working towards common goals.
Finally, the co-chairs updated about the process regarding the membership in the Advisory Group of the Alliance in the next biennium. The call for nominations will remain open until the end of November 2018. Similarly, additional comments and proposals for the name of the Alliance were requested by the end of November. Finally, the meeting decided that Finland and Australia will continue as Co-Chairs in 2019.