The JEE Alliance held its third meeting of 2017 in Kampala, Uganda, during the margins of the 4th Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) Ministerial Meeting. The meeting was co-chaired by Mr Robin Davies, Head of Centre, Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security, Australia and Dr Päivi Sillanaukee, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland.
The key focus of this meeting was to discuss how the Alliance should determine and measure its success. A non-paper outlining proposed strategic targets and related indicators was shared with the membership and other interested actors to initiate discussion, reactions and further thinking. The co-chairs set the scene for the target setting process and advised members and other actors that their proactive feedback would inform the finalization of the paper. The co-chairs highlighted that the targets and indicators are non-binding, and that the plan is to present the final paper at the JEE Alliance meeting in 2018.
Co-Chairs reiterated the guiding principles for developing the targets and associated indicators to:
• Reflect information about key health security outcomes;
• Strike a balance in being ambitious and realistic;
• Not create additional collection or reporting burdens;
• Promote the multi-sectoral approach to health security.
Following the co-chairs discussion of the non-paper, the panel included commentators from WHO, OIE, FAO and the World Bank. To contextualize the JEE process, Dr Rajesh Sreedharan, WHO, presented an update on the JEE, national planning, and capacity building process and highlighted the importance of country ownership and leadership. Dr Susan Corning, OIE, discussed the contestable quality of the proposed targets and indicators, and suggested to the membership there is scope and great opportunity to refine the targets to reflect the purpose of the JEE Alliance relative to health security outcomes. Dr Henk Jan Ormel, FAO underlined that One Health is at the core of health security capacity building and that animal health and agriculture must be integrated. Dr Patrick Osewe of the World Bank emphasized the importance of the JEE to inform an aspect of the evidence base when considering sustainable health security financing, but reminded the membership that this is not the sole consideration given multifaceted nature of financing decisions.
The second session of the focused its discussion on possible concrete measures through which Alliance members can support health security capacity building. The concept of regional health security financing forums was introduced by Ms Outi Kuivasniemi, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health of Finland. The purpose of the forum would be to enable forging networks and concrete partnerships to support countries at various stages of the national action plan process. Following the introduction of this concept, Dr Joseph D. Caboré, WHO Regional Office for Africa, pointed to the potential for such a forum involving the Alliance.
As a final point, the co-chairs also invited the members to consider whether the name ‘JEE Alliance’ needed to be updated to better reflect the strategy and purpose of the group.
Members and colleagues are encouraged to provide feedback and comments on the strategic targets and related indicators, suggestions for the name of the JEE Alliance, or any other matters: