Global health security has never been more critical to the well-being of the United States and its citizens than it is right now. Infectious diseases spread more quickly than they ever have before, as evidenced by the Ebola, Zika, and bird flu outbreaks. New bacteria and viruses are emerging, and others are growing resistant to existing antibiotics.
The Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) is a worldwide effort to address this evolving reality. Through a growing multisectoral partnership of international organizations, non-governmental stakeholders, and more than 50 countries, GHSA is accelerating efforts to build countries’ capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious diseases and achieve the core capacities required by the International Health Regulations (IHR).
The Office of Global Affairs’ Office of Pandemics and Emerging Threats (PET) plays a central role in multilateral GHSA governance and in the external evaluation process for the IHR. We represent the United States on global health security policy issues at the World Health Organization, and coordinate across the U.S. Government to develop policy positions that accelerate progress toward a safe, secure world.
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