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NTI-Bio, in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and The Economist Intelligence Unit, will convene a side event at WHA 2018 to discuss the value of a Global Health Security (GHS) Index in reducing the threat posed by emerging infectious diseases. This event will be co-hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Bank Group and has been supported by the Open Philanthropy Project, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Robertson Foundation.
About the Global Health Security Index Project:
The purpose of a GHS Index is to create a national-level assessment that, can be applied to all countries, drawing on publicly available information, measured by an independent non-governmental entity, and informed by a global panel of experts. The GHS Index framework was developed in consultation with international experts from 12 countries. The framework’s six categories include indicators that assess country capability to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats, and take into consideration political and socio-economic risk factors and a country’s broader healthcare system. The GHS Index also draws from internationally-accepted technical assessments, including the WHO International Health Regulations (IHR) Joint External Evaluation and the OIE Performance of Veterinary Services Pathway.
The project team anticipates that a regularly produced GHS Index will serve as a tool for country governments, development banks, and donors to more systematically prioritize financing to fill vital gaps in-country capability to prevent, detect, and respond to biological events before they can spread or lead to cascading and further destabilizing effects.
Key Objectives of the GHS Index:
1) Stimulate political will and create accountability for new and continuing health security investments and provide trend information over time.
2) Highlight the need for leaders to place a continued priority on global health security.
3) Increase international financing for national plans to fill identified gaps.
4) Recognize countries that have taken concrete actions to improve their own capacity and, in turn, global security.
5) Motivate countries to undertake follow-on work to address shortcomings in current health security capabilities.