Background

The Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) was launched in February 2014 in response to the global threat that infectious diseases constitute in our increasingly interconnected world. In the past, outbreaks such as SARS (2002), H1N1 influenza (2009), MERS-CoV (2012), H7N9 influenza (2013) and Ebola (2014) have had devastating human, security and economic impacts at the country, regional and global levels.

The G7 endorsed the GHSA in June 2014, and Finland and Indonesia hosted commitment development meetings to spur action in May and August.

Vision

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.

Key Objectives

  • Enhance country capacities to prevent, detect and respond to infectious diseases
  • Emphasize global health security as a national leader-level priority and galvanize high-level commitments to global health security
  • Promote multi-sectoral engagement and collaboration
  • Focus on common, measurable targets