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Background

The Security Sector and Global Health Crises

Project contact

Dr. Albrecht Schnabel, Head of Operations Asia-Pacific

Ms. Lea Ellmanns, Research Assistant

Mr. Raphael Zumsteg, Research Assistant

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 latest workshop in this 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 the current project phase are

  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.

On 8 November 2017, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, DCAF and GHC will organize a public event on "Global Health Crises and the Security Sector: Opportunities for Constructive Cooperation" at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, in the framework of the Geneva Peace Week 2017.
For more information and to register please click here