Securing Global Health and America's Preparedness
CDC secures global health and America’s preparedness by revitalizing our public health infrastructure, stopping the spread of contagions and vector-borne diseases, and addressing bioterrorism threats.
Our job is to prevent, detect, and respond to diseases wherever they are to save lives and so that diseases don’t come into the United States. With vaccination coverage, we have the ability to reduce the impact of pandemics, prevent diseases like measles, and get to zero countries with crippling polio.
Additionally, CDC plays a leading role in implementing the Global Health Security Agendaexternal icon, a global effort to strengthen the world’s ability to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats. We work directly with partner country governments to strengthen public health systems and reduce the risk of infectious disease outbreaks.
Global Health Security
Since CDC started its global work in 1959, we have been working to strengthen global health security by supporting outbreak and response efforts across the globe, enhancing country capacity in key programmatic areas, and providing global leadership for policies, recommendations, and technical approaches. Health diplomacy has been a key feature of CDC’s contribution to U.S. global health leadership.
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Biological, Chemical, Radiation/Nuclear Terrorism
Biological, chemical, and radiation/nuclear terrorism have the potential to kill or injure hundreds of thousands of Americans, cause economic chaos, and create a loss of confidence in the U.S. government’s ability to protect America.