South Asia Network develops a list of priority diseases during regional workshop held at Paro from 19-20 September 2019

Ending Pandemics Director, Nomita Divi, recently ran a workshop in partnership with Sandia National Laboratories. The purpose of this workshop  was for the eight countries in South Asia to develop a list of priority diseases for regional surveillance. Held in Paro, Bhutan, this meeting also trained participants on the PREP tool for exercise design which enables preparedness to be used regionally, as well as for their own national contexts. Key deliverables for the next year which emerged from this workshop include a network website and a repository of country capacities, disease factsheets for priority diseases, webinars for regional learning, and regular quarterly calls. The group also approved Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences, in Bhutan, as the first secretariat for this nascent network with the financial support of Ending Pandemics. Welcome to Sithar Dorjee, who has also been confirmed as the network coordinator. We look forward to further engaging this network within CORDS and are confident that this will continue to leverage our strength in numbers.