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The Security Sector and Global Health Crises

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Project overview

DCAF and the Global Health Centre of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (GHC) are collaborating on a joint project to assess the engagement of the security sector in the prevention and management of global health crises. The project, initiated in late 2014, was triggered by the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, which remained DCAF's main focus and source of lessons to be learned during the different project phases.

As part of the project DCAF has so far organized several meetings, round tables and workshops with security sector and health professionals, including in the margins of the World Health Assembly in May 2015, at NATO Headquarters in Brussels in June 2016 and with the Mano River Union in Freetown, Sierra Leone, in August 2016.

The first workshop in this latest series of joint activities between DCAF and GHC focused on "The Security Sector and Global Health Crises: Preparing for Health Crisis Prevention and Response" and was organized at the Maison de la Paix in Geneva in September 2017. The priority activities for this project phase were

  1. developing recommendations for training modules for health and security agencies, as well as strategies for feeding those into existing and new training
    and education initiatives;
  2. developing recommendations for the design of multi-agent and cross-sectoral
    simulation exercises of health epidemic outbreaks, and
  3. mapping early analysis and early warning systems for their coverage of health crises.

In the framework of the Geneva Peace Week 2017, DCAF and GHC organized an expert working meeting and a public event on "Global Health Crises and the Security Sector: Opportunities for Constructive Cooperation" at the Graduate Institute in Geneva to officially closure the project's research activity. 

The project team is currently working on a final publication which is going to be uploaded on this website in due course.