GHC, with members PATH and Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC), hosted a community discussion with Dr. Rebecca Martin, who was recently appointed Director of the Center for Global Health (CGH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC’s response role in the recent Ebola outbreak shone a light on the work that it does globally, and Dr. Martin’s presentation focused on its four main priorities. CGH has evolved from its original purpose – to respond to single disease outbreaks – to help build capacity in surveillance, response and workforce.
The four priorities that CGH currently focuses on are: Global HIV & TB; Parasitic Diseases and Malaria; Global Immunization; and Global Health Protection. A common theme throughout most of these areas is: prevent, detect, and respond. All of this work is done in partnership with bilateral and multilateral organizations, NGOs, local organizations, and philanthropic agencies, to name a few.
CDC’s role in the Ebola outbreak response has also highlighted its work in the area of global health security, and how the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) has allowed it to bring all of its work in this area together. With funding for GHSA appropriated only for five years, CDC is focused on spending it well and showing results.
This meeting was the first in a series that GHC, PATH, and GHTC will host to bring together CDC and the global health community.