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On January 24th, international leaders will meet in Geneva, Switzerland for the first Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) Steering Committee of 2015. Topics of discussion will include international policy, collaboration with international organizations, supporting the GHSA Action Package Leaders, pilot country assessments and establishing a GHSA work plan for 2015.

Action Packages

The Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) is an effort by nations, international organizations, and civil society to accelerate progress toward a world safe and secure from infectious disease threats; to promote global health security as an international priority; and to spur progress toward full implementation of the World Health Organization (WHO) International Health Regulations 2005 (IHR), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) Performance of Veterinary Services (PVS) pathway, and other relevant global health security frameworks. In order to encourage progress toward these goals, the "Action Packages" concept was developed to facilitate regional and global collaboration toward specific GHSA objectives and targets. Following the May 2014 GHSA Commitment Development meeting in Helsinki countries identified eleven discrete GHSA Action Packages, which were discussed further at the August 2014 Global Infectious Diseases Meeting in Jakarta…

Global Health Security Agenda Milestones

Jakarta, Indonesia Meeting
August 20-21, 2014
Helsinki, Finland Meeting
May 5-6, 2014
Global Health Security Agenda Launch
February 13, 2014

The importance of global health security has never been clearer. New microbes are emerging and spreading, drug resistance is rising, and laboratories around the world could intentionally or unintentionally release dangerous microbes. Globalization of travel and trade increase the chance and speed of these risks spreading. To address these challenges, CDC is joining with other U.S. government agencies and global partners to advance a Global Health Security Agenda. The aim of this agenda is to accelerate progress toward a safe world and to promote global health security as an international priority.

CDC's role in global health security is rooted in science and based on three concepts long embedded in the agency's mission to protect public health worldwide:

Prevent        Detect        Respond

People are traveling more. Food and medical product supply chains stretch across the globe. Biological threats (such as Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, or MERS-CoV) and drug- resistant illnesses pose a growing danger to people everywhere, whether diseases are naturally occurring, intentionally produced, or the result of a laboratory accident. In today's interconnected world, poorly treated cases of TB or pneumonia in Asia and Africa have shown up in U.S. hospitals within days.


In partnership with U.S. government sister agencies, other nations, international organizations, and public and private stakeholders, CDC seeks to accelerate progress toward a world safe and secure from infectious disease threats and to promote global health security as an international security priority, to

CDC has been a leader in improving global health security (GHS) for many decades and plays an important role in the GHS agenda. CDC's strategy is rooted in science and based on three concepts long embedded in the agency's mission to protect public health worldwide:

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