At the 72nd World Health Assembly last week, the Private Sector Roundtable (PSRT) and the Government of Uganda signed a Memorandum of Understanding to advance the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA). The partnership marks the first between the PSRT and a GHSA country and will serve to support Uganda in addressing specific health security needs as identified by its Joint Externa Evaluation (JEE).
At the signing, remarks were given by Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, Minister of Health of Uganda; Dr. Alan Tennenberg, PSRT Chair and Chief Medical Officer of Johnson & Johnson Global Public Health; Garrett Grigsby, Director of the Office of Global Affairs, HHS; Päivi Sillanaukee, Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland; and Dr. John Nkengasong, Director Africa Centres for Disease Control. In attendance were representatives from Saudi Arabia and the Netherlands, as well as the Nuclear Threat Initiative, Resolve to Save Lives, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. CDC, USAID, and NIH.
The signing of the MoU last week is a significant milestone following Dr. Aceng’s invitation to the PSRT at the World Health Assembly in 2017 to begin collaborating with the Ugandan Ministry of Health on addressing their health security priorities, the first country to do so. Since then, both parties have been working together, along with the U.S. Government, to better understand Uganda’s priorities and how PSRT member companies can help address them.
The partnership will include offerings from PSRT member companies, including workforce training in public health management and leadership, diagnostics in AMR, data literacy, among other areas; the secondments of company employees with various areas of expertise; and support for the monitoring and evaluation of Uganda’s health security initiatives. A PSRT delegation visited Kampala earlier in the month to review the PSRT member offerings and discuss next steps for implementation.
There, Dr. Jane Aceng said, “I am delighted to see this public-private partnership continue to grow as an example for the world…. It is gratifying to see the private sector commitment to joining the rest of the world to make GHSA a priority as it is a public good for all to benefit.”
Of the signing at WHA, PSRT Chair Dr. Alan Tennenberg said, “The signing of the MoU at WHA is a huge step for private sector engagement in global health security, but it is only a first step for this partnership, which we hope will serve as a model for future public-private partnerships to better prevent, detect, and respond to health threats. PSRT companies believe our value as a touchpoint for industry engagement in the GHSA goes beyond a source of funding, and we look forward to working with countries to leverage our unique expertise and capabilities from supply chain to communications to data analytics, first with Uganda and soon with the broader GHSA.”
About the Private Sector Roundtable
The mission of the Private Sector Roundtable (PSRT) is to mobilize industry to help countries prevent, detect, and respond to health-related crises and strengthen systems for health security. The PSRT serves as the focal point for companies seeking to address these challenges, aligning public health needs with overarching business objectives. As a member of the GHSA Steering Group, the PSRT collaborates with governments, non-governmental partners, and companies in the health care, communications, energy, finance, technology, transportation, logistics, and other sectors to support countries in reaching the goals of the GHSA Action Packages.