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Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, and the world’s leading medical and travel security risks company International SOS have signed a partnership agreement to further advance Global Health Security Agenda.

This is part of the IDRAM initiative that the companies have been collaborating on previously.

“Our partnership with Chatham House will enable us to spearhead meaningful collaboration across disciplines and bring together thought leaders in both the private and public sector to drive impactful health initiatives,” said Francesca Viliani, head of public health consulting services and community health programmes at International SOS. “Our first activity aims to develop a community-based surveillance system, specific for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This is targeted to speed up the response time and reduce the human and economic costs of disease outbreaks. This is critical to the region and the current ongoing cholera outbreak in the country highlights the importance of multi-sectoral partnerships for outbreak management.”

Osman Dar, project director of the One Health work stream at the Chatham House Centre on Global Health Security, said that Chatham House’s partners are integral to achieving its aims and objectives: “International SOS will bring a host of medical insight to support our joint projects and we are pleased to start the partnership with such an important initiative that will really make a difference to the people in DRC.”  

The first activity of the partnership will be a workshop in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, funded and hosted by Ending Pandemics that will bring together local health authorities, state health agencies, universities, and international organisations from around the world to help to identify how community-based disease detection and mitigation initiatives, trialled by Ending Pandemics in Thailand and Tanzania, might be successfully applied in the DRC.