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The Global Emerging Pathogens Treatment Consortium (GET) was established in 2014 as a direct response to the 2014-16 Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa and ongoing outbreaks of Lassa Fever, Meningitis, Multidrug resistance (MDR) enteric fevers and Yellow Fever across the sub region. There was clearly a need to create an African-led multidisciplinary forum of experts capable of working together with international partners to strengthen Africa’s preparedness and resilience in tackling such infectious disease outbreaks caused by emerging pathogens, public health emergencies and pandemics. GET now operates firmly in the African Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness, space and functions as a think tank, providing high level advocacy and operational and necessary expertise to support Countries and communities achieve improved resources to combat outbreaks and other public health emergencies that can threaten stability, peace and security thereby undermining economic growth and well being.
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The Global Emerging Pathogens Treatment Consortium (GET) is a non-profit Pan-African led effort comprising of experts in the fields of infectious diseases, various subspecialties of pathology, physicians, bioinformatics, bio-banking, ethics, social science, community engagement, patient advocates, logistics, engineers and government administrators.
The consortium is working with international collaborators with a goal of providing strategic recommendations and establishing infrastructure and research capacity to respond to highly infectious emerging Pathogens such as the current Ebola outbreak.
The Consortium creates a rapid informed response strategy and provides advice and guidance to African countries, and a point of reference for international funding and aid agencies.