What is the Global Health Security Agenda?
Laboratory scientist processes and tests COVID-19 specimens at the Ethiopian Public Health Institute. Photo: Anne Purfield, CDC Ethiopia
The Global Health Security Agendaexternal iconexternal icon (GHSA) is a global effort to strengthen the world’s ability to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats. Sixty-seven countries have signed onto the GHSA framework, including the United States, which made a strong commitment to the initial five-year period of GHSA and continues to support its strategic priorities through GHSA 2024. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) plays a leading role in GHSA implementation for the United States by working directly with partner country governments to strengthen public health systems and reduce the risk of infectious disease outbreaks.
In 2018, all member countries committed to the next phase of the GHSA strategic framework, termed “GHSA 2024”. GHSA 2024 positions member countries to develop the leadership, technical knowledge, and collaborative foundation to sustain health security in the long term.