Strengthening Health System Resilience and Security: A Curated Collection of Surge Capacity Tools

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USAID’s Local Health System Sustainability Project and Georgetown University’s Center for Global Health Science and Security, invite you to join them as they unveil a new resource to assist and inform countries seeking practical strategies to reinforce key health system functions and prepare for future health system shock and stressor events. 

When the novel COVID-19 pandemic emerged in March 2020, health systems around the world were in urgent need of actionable tools, frameworks, and guidance required to mount national responses and maintain essential health system functions. No centralized location existed. Many such tools are available from USAID, CDC, USAID, and other international stakeholders, including guiding documents created for H1N1, SARS, Influenza, Ebola, mass vaccination, and other health emergencies. However, in both the early response to COVID-19 and now as we face a prolonged response and other health security threats, it is imperative to provide and promote a centralized resource hub. 

The webinar will highlight the Surge Capacity Library on, a resource of over 190 evidence-based global strategies related to surge capacities curated in a central location. It will also feature how country programs, USAID missions, and local ministries of health can benefit from this tool.  


Featured Speakers 

  • James White, RN MSc PhDc Co-Director, Infectious Disease and Global Health Security Center,  Abt Associates
  • Gulnora Razykova, MD PhD Country Lead, Tajikistan, USAID Local Health System Sustainability Project, Abt Associates
  • Rebecca Katz, PhD Director, Center for Global Health Science and Security, Georgetown University
  • Hailey Robertson Data Research Analyst, Center for Global Health Science and Security, Georgetown University





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