Extensive stakeholder consultation and senior-level expertise from CIDT culminated, this month, in the completion of the results framework of the second phase of the Emerging Pandemic Threats programme (EPT-2), funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
EPT-2 is a high-level umbrella programme comprised of:
- the second phase of the Predict Project (implemented by a consortium of organisations led by the University of California at Davis);
- the Preparedness and Response Project (managed by DAI), the One Health Workforce project (implemented by Tufts University and the University of Minnesota);
- various global or regional programmes (focusing on Ebola, Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza [HPAI], Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus [MERS-CoV], Avian Influenza-A [H7N9] and antimicrobial resistance [AMR], etc.) managed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); and
- initiatives of the World Health Organisation (WHO).
FAO is responsible for coordinating Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of EPT-2; and they engaged Kimberly Ross, Senior Consultant at CIDT, to help develop the M&E system. CIDT’s role in the process to date has consisted of providing advisory services on M&E and Theories of Change (ToC) as well as technical assistance to develop the results chain and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), which was aligned to the United States Government’s Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) and FAO’s Corporate Monitoring Framework (particularly that of FAO’s Strategic Objective 5: Increase resilience of livelihoods to threats and crises). The work involved support to map project activities to programme outputs as well as input on the design and delivery of consultation sessions and validation workshops involving USAID, FAO’s technical staff, and other EPT-2 partners.
In the process, Kimberly offered technical advice directly to USAID and FAO. She also worked closely with FAO staff from the Animal Health Service and the Emergency and Rehabilitation Division (TCE) as well as with Regional M&E Officers in Africa and Asia, to obtain and incorporate feedback from the donor and various partners.
The next step is to establish and document EPT-2’s monitoring system. This will consist of developing Performance Indicator Reference Sheets (PIRS) and data collection tools, which will enable USAID and partners to assess and report upon the programme’s achievements.
The four-year EPT-2 programme aims to apply a One Health (OH) to prevention, detection, and response in order to reduce the risk and impact of emerging pandemic threats. This essentially means: prevention of new zoonotic disease emergence; early detection of new threats when they do emerge; and their timely and effective control. EPT-2 will build on the lessons and knowledge from its predecessors (EPT-1 and the Avian Influenza programme) and should bring heightened focus to the “places and practices” that enable not just “spill-over” of new microbial threats, but also potentiate its “amplification and spread.”