CHATHAM HOUSE AND INTERNATIONAL SOS SIGN PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT
Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, and International SOS, the world’s leading medical and travel security risks company, have signed a partnership agreement. This is to further advance Global Health Security Agenda1 as part of the IDRAM initiative2 the companies have been collaborating on previously.
Francesca Viliani, Head of Public Health Consulting Services and Community Health Programmes at International SOS, said, “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. 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, “Our partners are integral to achieving the aims and objectives of the Centre. 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 partnership’s first activity, funded and hosted by Ending Pandemics (formerly the Skoll Global Threats Fund), will be a workshop in Dar es Salaam:
The workshop will bring together local health authorities, state health agencies, universities, and international organisations from around the world. It will 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.
About International SOS
International SOS is the world’s leading medical and travel security risk services company. We care for clients across the globe, from more than 1000 locations in 90 countries.
Our expertise is unique: More than 11,000 employees are led by 1,400 doctors and 200 security specialists. Teams work night and day to protect our members.
We pioneer a range of preventive programmes strengthened by our in-country expertise. We deliver unrivalled emergency assistance during critical illness, accident or civil unrest.
We are passionate about helping clients put Duty of Care into practice. With us, multinational corporate clients, governments and NGOs can mitigate risks for their people working remotely or overseas.
About Chatham House:
Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is an independent policy institute based in London. Its mission is to help build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world. The Institute’s convening power attracts world leaders and the best analysts in their respective fields from across the globe and has been assessed by its peers as the No. 1 think-tank outside the US for nine consecutive years, No. 2 worldwide for the past six years.
The Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House, headed by Professor David L Heymann CBE, is one of Chatham House’s research programmes. It examines key global health challenges and how they manifest themselves as foreign policy and international affairs problems. The Centre seeks to help leaders around the world - in government, private foundations, international organizations and business - reach well-informed decisions that improve global health security. It does so by conducting independent research and analysis and facilitating dialogue between the international affairs and public health communities.
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