Global Health Security Agenda
What is the Global Health Security Agenda?
The Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) is a global effort to strengthen the world’s ability to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats. More than 70 countries, international and non-government organizations, and private sector companies have signed onto the GHSA framework which made a strong commitment to the initial five-year period of GHSA and continues to support its strategic priorities through GHSA 2024. GHSA was launched in February 2014 in response to the global threat that infectious diseases constitute in our increasingly interconnected world. In the past, pandemics have had devastating human, security, and economic impacts at the country, regional and global levels.
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. Visit the ‘Progress to Target‘ page for more on the progress that countries have made toward meeting the overarching target.
Our vision is a world that is safer and more secure from global health threats posed by infectious diseases – one where we can prevent or mitigate the impact of naturally occurring outbreaks and accidental or intentional releases of dangerous pathogens, rapidly detect and transparently report outbreaks when they occur, and employ an interconnected global network that can respond effectively to limit the spread of infectious disease outbreaks in humans and animals, mitigate human suffering and the loss of human life, and reduce economic impact.
Global health security is a shared responsibility that cannot be achieved be a single actor or sector of government. Its success depends upon collaboration among the health, security, environmental and agricultural sectors. GHSA acknowledges the essential need for a multilateral and multi-sectoral approach to strengthen both the global capacity and nations’ capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious threats.
Enhance & Detect
Enhance country capacities to prevent, detect and respond to infectious diseases
Global Health Security
Emphasize global health security as a national leader-level priority and galvanize high-level commitments to global health security
Engagement and Collaboration
Promote multi-sectoral engagement and collaboration
Focus on common, measurable targets