Advocacy and Social Mobilization
MSH partners with advocacy organizations to urge US lawmakers and Executive Branch agencies to act on global health security issues and preserve or increase funding that is critical to prevent epidemics abroad and protect American citizens and American jobs. From decrying the proposed closure of 10 CDC country offices in 2018 to endorsing the re-introduction of the Global Health Security Act, MSH is a strong advocate for continued US leadership in global health security.
MSH also promotes global health security as an international priority and contributes to strategic leadership discussions at the highest political levels as a member (and previously as Chair) of the Global Health Security Agenda Consortium (GHSAC), where we serve on three of the organization’s task forces: External Stakeholder Engagement, Communications and Advocacy, and Action Package Coordination. Through the GHSAC, MSH participates on the Advisory Board of the Alliance for Health Security. MSH is also a member of the Global Health Council’s Security Roundtable and the Forging Collective Action on Epidemic Preparedness group.
2019 Global Health Security Breakfast Series on Capitol Hill
MSH, with generous support from the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Foundation, is holding a yearlong breakfast series on Capitol Hill to feature critical health security issues and highlight the importance of continued investments in global health security. The series is targeted toward bipartisan legislative staff with the intent to educate and empower Congress to act on important aspects of health security. Topics include “Global Health Security is US National Security,” “Financing and Funding: What is Needed to Make the US and the World Safer and How to Achieve Those Goals,” “The Role of Research and Development in Helping Stop the Next Epidemic,” and more.
No More Epidemics Campaign
As a founding member of the No More Epidemics campaign, MSH brought together partners from the business community, academia, and civil society to work with national and local governments and multilateral institutions, enhance cooperation, and ensure that we are all better protected from epidemics.
Established in 2015 by Management Sciences for Health, International Medical Corps (IMC), Save the Children (SC), and the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET), the global campaign grew to include 26 partners with a presence in 102 countries globally.
Campaign partners included civil society organizations, community-based organizations, private sector companies and academic institutions, working together to achieve the priority goals of the campaign:
Ensure the development of national preparedness plans include community protection and mitigation.
Ensure all States comply with the International Health Regulations (IHR).
Increase international and national funding levels for epidemic preparedness, prevention and response.
“It is clear that to truly be “Ready Together” for the next global pandemic, we must have a multilateral and multisectoral approach to strengthening the global capacity and nations’ capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats and that we must refine and improve health systems—so that they are capable of delivering everything it takes to keep people healthy and safe from infectious disease threats.”
- Marian W. Wentworth, President & CEO of Management Sciences for Health
No More Epidemics played a vital role in raising awareness on the importance of infectious disease preparedness, promoting the voice of civil society and emphasizing the importance of leadership and governance to stronger health security. In November 2017, the No More Epidemics campaign held its final event, The Ready Together Conference as part of the campaign's global activities. The Campaign ended in December 2017, transitioning efforts into MSH’s global health security portfolio.