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This Theme integrates the development of an evidence-based health system preparedness assessment tool with a comprehensive gap analysis of health systems preparedness for emerging infectious diseases within selected countries of the Asia-Pacific.

The Investigators will engage closely with key stakeholders within these countries to ensure context-appropriate, and adaptable, preparedness indicators, in addition to capabilities for national implementation of preparedness assessment.

In doing this, they aim to facilitate countries to identify strengths and weaknesses of both national and regional systems, including mechanisms that could augment or undermine capacities to address and respond to both existing infectious diseases of high burden and emerging infectious diseases that pose transboundary threats.

Further to this, they aim to provide quantitative assessment and visualisation of emerging infectious diseases risk, particularly international spread of infectious diseases.


Theme 2a: Map public health systems activities in relation to International Health Regulations, addressing gaps between health policy and implementation.

Team: CI Professor Ben Marais, Associate Professor Joel Negin, and Dr Anna Palagyi.


Theme 2b: Map risk of epidemic spread/cross-border incursion related to priority pathogens.

Team: CIA Professor Emma McBryde, Computer Scientist (currently being recruited)