Senior Director, Communications
Threat Initiative and other organizations focused on global health security are
proposing a new “challenge fund” to help fill critical gaps in pandemic
preparedness—gaps underscored by the rapidly evolving COVID-19 crisis. A Global
Health Security (GHS) Challenge Fund, outlined in a concept note, would help build
country capacity where it is needed most by disbursing loans and grants so that
countries can make progress on preparedness.
is no global threat more likely and less well-funded than a catastrophic
pandemic, evidence shows that no country is fully prepared. Despite advances in
assessment and planning in recent years, there has not been enough political
will to finance National Action Plans for Health Security developed by more
than 100 countries around the world.
The 2019 Global Health
Security Index found that the average overall health security score for countries is
just 40.2 out of 100, and the gap in preparedness
financing for low and lower-middle income countries is large.
Challenge Fund would allow funding to be disbursed in a transparent and
comprehensive way, with resources flowing directly to eligible countries to
fill gaps and make measurable progress against widely agreed measures of
preparedness. The fund would disburse loans and grants that are managed within
a country’s national budget and would be administered over an agreed period of
time to increase accountability and promote a sustainable way to shift
accounting lines away from donor balance sheets to national budgets.
Recommendations for operationalizing the GHS
Challenge Fund include:
details can be found in the full concept note, found here.
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