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UK-Med and the READY Initiative

UK-Med are part of the READY project group.

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.

Building a world prepared to help: UK-Med’s training programme

Since early 2021, UK-Med have been working with the READY Initiative on a training programme that helps organisations prepare and respond to crises. 

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.

Learn more about the training programme >

FAQ

What is the READY Initiative?

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.

Learn more here >

What is UK-Med’s role in the Initiative?

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.

What organisations are UK-Med working with?

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.

How is the programme funded?

READY is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).