The National Action Plan for Health Security in Ethiopia is Multi-Sectoral (NAPHS)

May 14, 2024 | Health | 0 comments

In a recent workshop convened in Ethiopia, key stakeholders came together to formulate the country’s Multi-Sectoral National Action Plan for Health Security (NAPHS) for the period 2024-2028, supported by the Pandemic Fund. Led by the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) and bolstered by assistance from the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners, this initiative signifies a crucial stride towards fortifying the nation’s ability to prevent, detect, and respond to public health crises.

Embracing the One Health approach, which recognizes the interdependence of human, animal, and environmental health, NAPHS is a country-driven, multi-year planning endeavor. By adopting a comprehensive, cross-governmental strategy, the plan aims to confront all facets of health security, aligning closely with international health regulations (IHR) standards.

Dr. Mesay Hailu, Director General of EPHI, emphasized the imperative of fostering capacity for international health regulation across diverse sectors to safeguard national health security. He reiterated EPHI’s unwavering commitment to steering and supporting the effective execution of the strategic plan through collaborative engagement with stakeholders.

Dr. Feyissa Regassa, the National Focal Point for International Health Regulation, provided valuable insights into the development of NAPHS, highlighting the progress achieved and extending gratitude to partners and sectors for their contributions. Dr. Woubishet Zewde from the Ministry of Agriculture stressed the necessity of intersectoral collaboration among partners and stakeholders to ensure the plan’s success.

The WHO, alongside other entities, has played a pivotal role in furnishing technical and financial backing for the implementation of IHR in Ethiopia, including support from the pandemic fund. Dr. Fekadu Adugna, WHO’s Country Preparedness & IHR (CPI) Officer, reiterated the organization’s unwavering commitment to aiding the government in fortifying the country’s health security.

With the participation of 80 representatives from government bodies, agencies, and partnering organizations, the workshop facilitated robust discussions and collaborations. The final iterations of the strategic (2024-2028) and one-year operational (2024/25) NAPHS drafts, bolstered by support from the pandemic fund, are primed for official launch.

Ethiopia’s Multi-Sectoral National Action Plan for Health Security, bolstered by the Pandemic Fund’s support, exemplifies a concerted endeavor to fortify health systems and mitigate the repercussions of public health crises. Through prioritizing collaboration and alignment with national priorities, Ethiopia is positioned to enhance its resilience and responsiveness in the face of health threats.

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