In addition to major humanitarian crises triggered by natural disasters or conflicts, infectious disease events, including outbreaks, can result in a Humanitarian System-wide Scale-Up activation(i.e. ‘Scale-Up activation’) to ensure a more effective response.
Scale-Up activation procedures for infectious disease events build on the InterAgency Standing Committee (IASC) Scale-Up activation protocols, with adjustments to reflect the potential evolution of an infectious event, the roles of the World Health Organization (WHO) and its Director-General and Member States under the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005), and the importance of non-IASC organizations in responding to infectious disease events. These procedures also recognize that many infectious hazards are of animal origin, with the response incorporating a ‘One Health’ approach.
This paper outlines the IASC procedures for the assessment of infectious disease events, the consultation and decision-making processes on Scale-Up activation, the activation and deactivation criteria and procedures, and implications for IASC members and other key collaborating organizations.
Operational Policy and Advocacy Group (OPAG) Meeting
Geneva, 11-12 April 2019
The Inter-Agency Standing Committee’s (IASC) Operational Policy and Advocacy Group (OPAG) will meet on 11 April 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. and on 12 April from 09:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Coffee will be served from 8.30 a.m. on both days).
The meeting will take place at the Hotel Crowne Plaza Geneva, Avenue Louis-Casaï 75-77, 1216 Geneva.
Visitors badges will be issued in the meeting room upon arrival. Please ensure that you bring an official ID with you.
FREE SHUTTLE BUS TO/FROM THE AIRPORT
Departure every 20 minutes from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 11:45 p.m., and every 30 minutes from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Participants should make a reservation at least 30 minutes in advance with Taxiphone Genève at +41 22 33 141 33. Uber is also operational in Geneva.
“De Joinville” stop is right in front of the hotel. Bus no.10 (direction “Rive”) runs from Geneva Airport to the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Bus 10 (direction “Aéroport) also runs from Geneva’s railway station (Cornavin) to the hotel. Bus 53 also stops at the hotel. Please find timetables and maps at www.tpg.ch.
A seated buffet lunch will be served upstairs in the Café Jardin restaurant from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on 11 April.
Croissants and coffee/tea will be served outside the meeting room from 8.30 a.m. to 9.00 a.m., from 10.45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. on 11 April, and from 8.30 a.m. to 9.00 a.m. and from 10.15 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. on 12 April.
Hot beverages and water will be available throughout the meeting.
A Wi-Fi connection can be accessed free of charge in the meeting room.
Participants are requested to make their own accommodation arrangements. Geneva offers a large variety of hotels, please contact Mr. Laurent Pfander (Laurent.email@example.com), should you require hotel recommendations.
DINNER OPTION ON 11 APRIL
We will be organizing a dinner in the centre of Geneva on the evening of 11 April. This dinner will be a set menu (with options) at each participant’s own expense. Should you be interested in joining us, kindly let us know, whilst also indicating any special dietary requirements.