The White House announces steps for Global Health Security Agenda

The White House released a fact sheet on Friday that outlines the commitments of the U.S. government to implement the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) in response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

This year, countries created action packages to create measurable steps to prevent outbreaks, real-time threat detection and rapid response to threats. The U.S. will assist more than two dozen countries in the next five years to achieve the goals of the GHSA. U.S. priorities include combating antibiotic resistant bacteria, preventing bioterrorism and improving biosafety and biosecurity.

The GHSA was formally launched on Feb. 13 to protect the world from threats of infectious diseases and make global health security a high priority. The G7 endorsed the initiative in June. Finland and Indonesia held GHSA development meetings in May and August.

Canada, Chile, Finland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Republic of Korea and the United States will serve on the GHSA Steering Group, which will be chaired by Finland in 2015. The steering group will oversee implementation of projects in line with the goals of the GHSA and support standards from multiple global organizations, including the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization.

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