CDC Media Statement from CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D., on Launch of the U.S. Global Health Security Strategy

Media Statement

For Immediate Release: Thursday, May 9, 2019
Contact: Media Relations
(404) 639-3286

The Global Health Security Strategypdf iconexternal icon (GHSS), released today, reaffirms a continued and coordinated U.S. Government (USG) approach to strengthening the world’s capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats, whether natural, accidental, or deliberate.

CDC has been a lead implementing partner of the Global Health Security Agenda since its launch in 2014 and will continue to play a key role in the U.S. government’s GHSS.

CDC’s unique capacities include world-class subject matter experts in surveillance, laboratory science, workforce, and emergency management. It responds to disease threats when and where they occur, directly collaborating with other countries’ Ministries of Health and multilateral institutions – including the World Health Organization. This work helps to build sustainable local capacity, so that each country and region can respond to public health events as close to the source of a threat as possible.

One of my top priorities as CDC Director is to strengthen global health security through domestic and global preparedness to respond to public health events, and by identifying and closing gaps that dangerous diseases exploit. CDC is committed to working with our U.S. partners to support global health security.

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CDC works 24/7 protecting America’s health, safety and security. Whether disease start at home or abroad, are curable or preventable, chronic or acute, or from human activity or deliberate attack, CDC responds to America’s most pressing health threats. CDC is headquartered in Atlanta and has experts located throughout the United States and the world.

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