Global Health Security Agenda launched — 30 partner countries, agencies

The United States joined 26 countries, the WHO, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) in committing to the goals of the Global Health Security Agenda “to accelerate progress toward a world safe and secure from the threat of infectious disease.” Over the next five years the United States plans to work with at least 30 partner countries (containing at least 4 billion people) “to prevent, detect and effectively respond to infectious disease threats, whether naturally occurring or caused by accidental or intentional releases of dangerous pathogens.” Later this year, the White House will host an event bringing together nations who are committed to protecting the world from infectious disease threats to review progress and chart the way forward on building a global system for preventing, detecting, and responding to such threats. CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden commented, “The United States and the world can and must do more to prevent, detect, and respond to outbreaks as early and as effectively as possible. CDC conducted two global health security demonstration projects last year in partnership with Vietnam and Uganda to strengthen laboratory systems, develop strong public health emergency operations centers, and create real-time data sharing in health emergencies.  CDC is committed to replicate the successes in these two projects in ten additional countries this year.”

U.S. government departments including HHS, DoS, USDA, and DoD “will work closely with global partners to build countries’ global health security capacities in areas such as surveillance, detection and response in order to slow the spread of antimicrobial resistance, establish national biosecurity systems, reduce zoonotic disease transmission, increase routine immunization, establish and strengthen national infectious disease surveillance and laboratory systems, and develop public health electronic reporting systems and emergency operations centers.” Countries joining the United States to meet the Global Health Security goals at today’s launch were Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom, and, Vietnam.