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Workshop – Priority Public Health Research Needs for Enhancing Global Health Security

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(Onsite registration is available from 8:00 AM – 8:20 AM)


This session will highlight priority public health research needed to help build an evidence base to guide implementation of capacity building efforts aimed at enhancing global health security. Featuring presenters from CDC as well as from Harvard University and Georgetown University, this session will share country examples as well as global efforts to measure and advance progress. This session will be of great interest to academic-based global health programs as well as to organizations working on global health at the country level. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with many partners including WHO, ministries of health, and universities to develop public health systems and workforce, improve technical capacity and partnerships, and conduct applied research aimed at protecting the health of Americans and people around the world. Through resources and partnerships available from several sources, particularly the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), measurable improvements in the public health systems have been achieved in many countries, helping them to achieve compliance with WHO’s International Health Regulations. Despite encouraging progress, many countries are still unable to rapidly detect and control a public health threat and therefore remain noncompliant with the WHO IHR. To address these gaps and thereby accelerate efforts to strengthen global health security, further public health research is needed, a particular priority public health research need is in determining the most effective implementation approaches for responding to global public health threats and building global health security capacity.


The Value of a Global Health Security Index in Reducing the Threat Posed by Emerging Infectious Diseases

Organized by The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security & Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI)

January 30
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Prince Mahidol Awards Conference (PMAC)
Bangkok, Thailand




During this side event, panelists will engage in an interactive dialogue about the Global Health Security (GHS) Index. The purpose of a GHS Index is to create a national-level assessment, which can be applied to all countries, drawing on publicly available information, and measured by an independent non-governmental entity. The GHS Index draws from internationally-accepted technical assessments including the World Health Organization’s International Health Regulations Joint External Evaluation and the World Organization for Animal Health’s 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.

Anita Cicero, Deputy Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, will moderate the panel.  Panelists include:

1) Mukesh Chawla
, Adviser for Health, Nutrition and Population at the World Bank Group and the Coordinator of the Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility
2) Scott DowellDeputy Director for Surveillance and Epidemiology at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
3) Julius Lutwama (invited), Senior Principal Research Officer, Ministry of Health, Government of Uganda & Head of the Department of Arbovirology, Emerging and Re-Emerging Viral Infectious Diseases, Uganda Virus Research Institute
4) Elizabeth CameronVice President, Global Biological Policy and Programs, NTI
5) Jennifer NuzzoSenior Scholar, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security


About the Global Health Security Index Project

Recent infectious disease outbreaks – including the Zika virus in the Americas, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, MERS-CoV in the Middle East, and pandemic influenza – have exposed the challenges countries face in preventing, detecting, and responding to biological threats. Without adequate measures to address public health emergencies, outbreaks can rapidly cost thousands of lives and billions in economic loss, threatening global peace and security.

The history of international efforts to improve countries’ capacity to address outbreaks underscores the challenges in improving and maintaining disease control. In 2005, the World Health Organization (WHO) updated the International Health Regulations (IHR) to require countries to be prepared for global public health emergencies.  However, by 2012, only approximately 20% of the 194 WHO member states were able to report IHR compliance.  To accelerate progress, the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) was launched in 2014 to establish common goals to reduce the spread and impact of infectious diseases.  All GHSA-participating countries were asked to make specific commitments to identify and fill gaps, and G-7 leaders have agreed to assist 76 countries and regions.  In addition, drawing from the GHSA, the WHO launched the Joint External Evaluations (JEE) as voluntary peer assessments of country capability and capacity to implement the IHR.  The JEE is a critical process, and the international community should continue to strongly support it.

Despite clear progress over the past three years, much remains to be done to fill gaps and establish accountability for commitments.

The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) and the Center for Health Security (CHS) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health believe that a Global Health Security (GHS) Index informed by international expert judgment, measured by a non-governmental entity, and made publicly available could highlight current needs on a global basis and boost compliance with the IHR.  An Index also could promote dialogue around commitments, public-private partnerships to assist countries, and independent monitoring and oversight.

NTI and CHS, in partnership with the Economist Intelligence Unit, are pursuing development of such an index to provide a public benchmarking of global health security conditions—building on the JEE and informed by an international expert advisory group.  The GHS Index will seek to motivate regular commitments, financing and accountability, influence government decision-making on an ongoing basis, and – ultimately – help to improve pandemic preparedness. In consultation with an international panel of experts that includes 15 widely respected scientists and public health experts from 12 countries, international organizations, and the World Bank, the project team has developed a framework of national indicators for health security to assess countries’ technical, financial, and political capabilities to prevent, detect, and respond to epidemics with international implications.

We have approached the development of a GHS Index with the following assumptions: 1) it remains vital to regularly conduct and widely publish an external and truly independent assessment that can be applied equally to all countries; 2) the GHS Index assessment must be based on publicly available data; and 3) the GHS Index framework should include a broad set of criteria to encompass the interplay between health security, political and socio-economic risk factors, and the broader healthcare system.

Through a recurring GHS Index, the project team seeks to: stimulate political will and create accountability for new and continuing health security investments and provide trend information over time; highlight the need for leaders to place a continued priority on global health security; increase international financing for national plans to fill identified gaps; recognize countries that have taken concrete actions to improve their own capacity and, in turn, improve global security; and motivate countries to undertake follow-on work to address shortcomings in current health security capabilities.

Global Health Security: Understanding Cross-Sector Risks and Solutions

Organized by Georgia Global Health Alliance (GGHA)

January 12
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST
The Carter Center
Atlanta, Georgia



In today’s highly mobile and interconnected world, a disease outbreak anywhere is a threat everywhere. An epidemic in even the most isolated village can reach major cities all around the globe in as little as 36 hours, disrupting international travel, markets, and business. The challenge of preventing the next epidemic is bigger than any one health system or pathogen, requiring innovative partnerships across sectors and program areas. As traditional funding for international development comes under strain, cross-sector collaboration is taking on increasing importance as a means to maximize the reach and sustainability of individual global health security (GHS) efforts.

Join the Georgia Global Health Alliance for its first event of 2018. Hear from CDC Leadership about recent international public health emergencies like Ebola and Zika, their impact on the private sector, and how we can work together to prevent the next epidemic. Immediately following the keynote address, an expert panel will explore the respective roles of public and private sector actors during and following recent global health emergencies, as well as success stories and lessons learned.

Welcome Remarks
Louis W. Sullivan, M.D., President Emeritus Morehouse School of Medicine, U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services, 1989-1993

Keynote Address: Understanding Cross-Sector Risks and Solutions in Global Health Security
Dr. Rebecca Martin, PhD, Director, Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Expert Panel: Opportunities for Public-Private Partnership in Global Health

Moderator: Ambassador Jimmy Kolker, Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs, US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), retired


1) Dawn O’Connell, Head of the US Office, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI)
2) Nancy Knight, MD, CAPT, USPHS , Director, Division of Global Health Protection, Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
3) Clem Lewin, Associate Vice President R&D Strategy, Sanofi Pasteur
4) Eduardo Martinez, President, The UPS Foundation, UPS Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
5) Judy Monroe, MD, President and CEO, CDC Foundation


Tuberculosis: Global Health Security Threat

Organized by RESULTS

September 29
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Room 419, Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC


Tuberculosis (TB) kills more people than any other single infectious agent, and drug resistant strains continue to spread.  Women and children are more vulnerable to harder-to-detect forms of the disease.

Join RESULTS to hear from experts about the global epidemic as well as US-led efforts to build capacity and leverage an effective response.


David Bryden, TB Advocacy Officer, RESULTS


1) Dr. Sanjay Jain, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and International Health, Johns Hopkins University
2) Dr. David Dowdy, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
3) Cheri Vincent, Tuberculosis Division Chief, Office of Infectious Disease, Bureau of Global Health, USAID

Refreshments will be served


Global Health Council’s Collective Voice Converges in Geneva for WHA70

Last week the Seventieth World Health Assembly (WHA70) concluded in Geneva, Switzerland. It was a whirlwind WHA with a WHO Director-General election, and several agenda items – from Health Systems to Communicable Diseases – addressed.

Global Health Council (GHC) sent a robust delegation of 70 members to WHA70, representing multiple health priorities. Many of GHC’s WHA delegates took part in daily huddles, read statements to the Assembly, and partnered on side-events. Although the delegation’s voices were diverse, they were united in celebrating the power of civil society.

Check out the highlights from the blogs of GHC’s WHA delegates and advocates below or peruse through GHC’s WHA70 Storify.

Heroines of Health: Celebrating Women in Global Health
by Women in Global Health

Global Health Security: Why Women Matter
Katherine C. Bond, U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP)

Attacks on Healthcare, Where do We Stand One Year After the Adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2286?
by Len Rubenstein, 
Johns Hopkins Blomberg School of Public Health and Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition

The Power and Promise of Digital Health for Africa
by Lesley-Anne Long

Chronic Childhood Disease: A Personal, Local, and Global Struggle
by Elizabeth Montgomery Collins
, Individual GHC Member

Health in All Policies
by Terry L Schmidt DrHA MBA (MPH)
, Individual GHC Member

Why Investments in Frontline Health Workers Matter: Preventing Needless Deaths through Trusted Healthcare Relationships
by Samalie Kitooleko, Uganda Rheumatic Heart Disease Registry and Belinda Ngongo, Public Health Institute