Our Mission, Vision and Values
A world with true health equity and free of pandemics.
Our mission at PHSG is to provide our partners and decision-makers (e.g., International Agencies, Governments, Donors, NGOs) with data-driven, enhanced strategies to combat infectious disease.
Our Strategic Model
We are a group of global experts across the human, animal and environmental health paradigm. Our team encompasses the One Health approach and is deeply committed to improving surveillance and response systems to ensure epidemics are caught early, pandemics are eliminated, and decision-makers are equipped with the necessary information to reduce morbidity and mortality .
We invest in ambitious, mission driven professionals and further promote their professional growth. Each team member is equipped with the technical skills; cultural experience and sensitivities; the political knowhow; and strong project management skills. Our team is spread throughout the world, utilizing technology to seamlessly collaborate and manage our projects with our partners.
Lack of Enhanced, Inclusive and Integrated Surveillance Systems
Infectious disease surveillance and response systems entail detecting disease, reporting, collating, analyzing, investigating, responding, and providing feedback. Since many disease specific programs are funded individually, so are the their surveillance efforts.
Well-planned integrated surveillance systems, enhance the sustainability and efficiency of the surveillance system through utilizing shared human, laboratory and financial resources and reduce the burden on the healthcare providers. It is critical that these surveillance systems continue to evolve and be enhanced.
Zoonotic Disease Spillover Causing Increased Rates of Emerging
Diseases in Human Populations
The number of emerging infectious diseases are Increasing in number and frequency, the majority of which are zoonotic (spillover from animal to human populations) largely due to to the decrease in animal habitats from to deforestation and urbanization, unregulated markets, cultural practices, weak linkages between animal and human surveillance systems, and lack of pathogen discovery in animal populations.
Weak Linkages and Coordination Between Human, Animal and Environmental Surveillance
Current surveillance systems and the information they produce, do not adequately monitor these changes in environment, its impact on animal populations and the spillover of pathogens to human populations. While one health is a popular phase used in projects, coordinated one health surveillance is a rarity and a major gap in national, regional and global surveillance.
Increase in Antimicrobial Resistance and emergence of 'superbugs'
Over the last decade there has been a drastic increase in the emergence of 'super-bugs' that are highly resistant to antimicrobials, mainly due to the lack of surveillance to produce the necessary information for decision-makers and lack of aligned antimicrobial stewardship, use and consumption. We are flirting with returning to a pre-penicillin era, if we do not continue to invest in enhance AMR/U/C surveillance in humans, animals, agriculture and environment; update antimicrobial stewardship globally, regionally and nationally; and continue to work across sectors to tackle this important issue.
Reemerging Infectious Diseases For Which We Have Vaccines and Ensuring LMIC have the Necessary Vaccines to Protect Their Populations
Climate Change and the Lack of Monitoring of Its Impact on Disease
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