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Public health workers learn how to use personal protective equipment at a CDC facilitated training in Guinea. (Photo credit: Patrick Adams/RTI International)

Public health workers learn how to use personal protective equipment at a CDC facilitated training in Guinea. (Photo credit: Patrick Adams/RTI International) - Download this and other Global Health Security visuals

Although we cannot predict the exact nature or origin of the next global health emergency, from our experience in recent years — MERS in the Middle East, Ebola in West Africa, Zika in the Americas, SARS in Asia, and others — we know there will be future infectious disease outbreaks of global concern. Protecting America’s health, safety, and security involves making sure other countries have the knowledge and resources to stop outbreaks before they can spread across national boundaries. All of our work to address global health threats depends on effective public health systems and strong core capacities, including a sound, well-trained public health workforce; robust disease detection and laboratory diagnostic systems and tools; and effective emergency operations capacity.

Why is global health security essential to national security?

  • In today’s interconnected world, diseases are able to spread farther and faster than ever before. A health threat anywhere is a health threat everywhere.
  • Nearly 70% of the world’s nations remain underprepared to manage and control health emergencies, leaving gaps that make us all vulnerable to epidemics.
  • Outbreaks can have an enormous social and economic impact locally and globally. SARS and Ebola each represent billions of dollars in economic impact.

What is CDC doing?

CDC’s global efforts advance country capacity to prevent epidemics from the outset. These efforts are essential to protecting the United States and U.S. interests overseas. CDC’s global activities build core capacities in surveillance, laboratory, workforce development, and emergency operations that accelerate progress towards achieving specific goals and targets.

  • CDC, in partnership with other organizations, nations, agencies, and stakeholders committed to advancing the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), seeks to accelerate progress toward a world safe and secure from infectious disease threats. Together with our partners, CDC works to prevent and reduce the likelihood of outbreaks, detect threats by strengthening global bio-surveillance networks and health systems, and respond to and contain health threats at their source.
  • Advancing global health security builds on proven public health efforts to fight HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, and parasitic and other vaccine preventable diseases, like the highly infectious polio and measles viruses. Existing programs are further strengthened by building core capacities in other countries to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to outbreaks; minimize loss of life; and reduce the impact on families, communities, and the world.
  • At the same time, CDC continuously monitors reports from around the world 24/7, identifying disease threats that could potentially evolve into global outbreaks.

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  • Page last reviewed: September 21, 2017
  • Page last updated: September 21, 2017
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