Obama affirms commitment to GHSA at G-20 summit

Obama affirms commitment to GHSA at G-20 summit.
Obama affirms commitment to GHSA at G-20 summit.

President Barack Obama affirmed the United States' commitment to the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) during the G-20 Leader’s summit this week.

The GHSA is an international program that aims to assist in preventing and managing outbreaks of diseases and to promote progress toward health security on an international scale.

“The unified vision is to achieve a world safe and secure from infectious disease threats through collective efforts,” Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, said. “The Department of Defense, working in close collaboration with our federal partners, is dedicated to the common goal of preventing, detecting and mitigating the effects of infectious disease threats whenever and wherever they occur.”

The agenda was launched in February of this past year, when the U.S. stated that it would partner with 30 countries to serve health security facilitation efforts. Among these 30 were Cambodia, Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Rwanda, Thailand and Laos.

The Global Health website lists the emergence of new pathogens and increasing drug resistance among current health security risks internationally. The website also reports that globalization of trade and travel can exacerbate these concerns if precautions are not taken.

The U.S. and other program countries are developing a roadmap plan for the GHSA to reach its goals.

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