The aim of the initiative is to stop outbreaks before they become global. The group works together to improve and strengthen coordinated responses to infectious disease outbreaks through identifying current gaps, preparedness planning and capacity and capability development with training.
Partners will also be ready to respond themselves should a disease outbreak hit. UK-Med brings the significant experience of responding to previous outbreaks to group, and as of 2021, has been leading a new training programme that helps organisations prepare and respond to crises. Learn more about the programme below.
UK-Med is leading on designing, developing and implementing a training programme that will strengthen the operational capacity of organisations to prepare, rapidly scale up, and improve systems, in order to more efficiently launch an integrated multi-sectoral humanitarian response to future infectious disease outbreaks.
In January and February 2022, UK-Med are travelling to Cameroon, Turkey and Sudan respectively to deliver phase three of the Operational Readiness Training programme – a five-day in-person workshop with each organisation.
The READY initiative exists to augment global capacity to respond to major outbreaks of infectious disease with epidemic or pandemic potential—such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
Effectively, the aim of the groups is to stop outbreaks before they become global.
It is led by Save the Children in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health, the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, UK-Med, EcoHealth Alliance, and Mercy Malaysia.
UK-Med is leading on designing, developing and implementing a four-phase training programme that aims to strengthen the operational capacity of organisations to prepare, rapidly scale up, and improve systems.
This is done to more efficiently launch an integrated multi-sectoral humanitarian response to future infectious disease outbreaks.
As part of the training programme that UK-Med is leading on, we are working with the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) in Turkey, Premiere Urgence International Sudan (PUI Sudan) in Sudan and Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services (CBCHS) in Cameroon.
READY is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).