We’re pleased to present the reflections from those attending the GHSA Ministerial Meeting in Kampala, Uganda. Next Generation Global Health Security Network Coordinator Jamechia D. Hoyle provides a comprehensive look at not only the meeting, but also the future of the GHSA. Following her reflections, you can also find thoughts and summaries from those NextGen and George Mason Global Health Security Ambassador Fellowship participants.
Jamechia D. Hoyle – Coordinator, Next Generation Global Health Security Network
On October 25-27th, the Ugandan Government hosted the 4th Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) High-level Ministerial Meeting in Kampala, Uganda – the first Ministerial Meeting on the African continent. The meeting was called to order during a time where health security professionals were addressing a plague outbreak in Madagascar and a local Marburg outbreak in the host country, Uganda. This alone was a vivid reminder that health security must remain a priority.
Many high-level officials from the host country, including President Yoweri Museveni, welcomed delegates the Uganda and reaffirmed their commitment to health security. The conference was well attended by the member nations, the private sector, non-governmental organizations and the Next Generation. GHSA membership continues to expand with a noted increase to 63 member countries with the addition of Nigeria and the Philippines. Hopefully, the trend will continue until the GHSA membership mirrors the membership of the World Health Organization.
Please see the attachment for reflections from the wide array of participants in the GHSA Ministerial Meeting in Kampala, Uganda.