Recent global health crises – including Ebola, mpox, and Covid-19 – have underscored the pivotal role of community trust and involvement for successful and sustained implementation of global health security measures.
USAID’s Localize Global Health Security (LGHS) project works with local organizations across 15 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean to empower them to better support their communities in the prevention, detection, and response to emerging health challenges.
USAID’s global health security initiatives are centered on six technical areas integral to the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA). These areas align with USAID’s strategic expertise, focusing on human, animal, and environmental health sectors.
We are part of a consortum, lead by Panagora Group, who will oversee the LGHS project.
The project focuses on three core objectives with innovative methods:
- Objective 1 emphasizes addressing health security gaps through competitive Grants under Contract (GUC) programs, aiming to award 40-60 grants over three years in intensive focus countries.
- Objective 2 strengthens local entities by providing orientation, technical support, and tailored organizational capacity assessments. Short Term Technical Assistance (STTA) is utilized as needed.
- Objective 3 expands global knowledge through sub-national indicators, networking events, and a dynamic LGHS website.
Itad’s contribution to the Localize Global Health Security project manifests in several areas, including:
- Offering joint external evaluation (JEE) based MEL services.
- Spearheading the development of subnational indicators in tandem with JEE and State Party Self-Assessment Annual Reporting’s (SPAR) for global and national standards.
- Leading the execution of the MEL Plan, including data collection and grantee reporting, and supplying a MEL Director.
About the Localize Global Health Security project
Localize Global Health Security (LGHS) project employs a multifaceted approach to achieve its objectives. Firstly, it operates a Competitive Grants under Contract (GUC) program, meticulously designed to offer flexible funding to local entities in intensive focus countries. These grants, spanning from conceptualization to close-out, form the backbone of LGHS’s efforts to address critical health security gaps.
LGHS prioritizes the strengthening of local entities by providing comprehensive orientation sessions and tailored technical support. Through meticulous organizational capacity assessments, LGHS ensures that local partners effectively manage USG funds and comply with regulations.
The project focuses on expanding the global knowledge base. LGHS develops sub-national indicators to gauge health security progress locally and organizes networking events, workshops, and a dynamic website. This website serves as a central hub, offering resources, best practices, and timely updates to grantees and stakeholders.
Additionally, LGHS conducts Capacity Building Workshops, fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange among grant recipients and partners. Through these comprehensive methods, LGHS creates a robust framework for advancing health security, emphasizing tailored support, collaborative learning, and continuous knowledge dissemination.
As part of Panagora Group we are collaborating with an esteemed consortium of partners including: PATH; AfriLabs; Blue Globe; Experiential Marketing (EXP); The Regents of the University of New Mexico/Project ECHO; Institut de Recherche en Sant; de Surveillance Epidémiologique et de Formation (IRESSEF); Resolve to Save Lives; and Total Impact Capital.