Advocacy and Social Mobilization
MSH works with advocacy organizations, the private sector, and civil society to educate US lawmakers and agencies on the continued importance of funding health security globally. We actively support the introduction of legislation designed to protect the US from global health threats. From decrying the proposed closure of 10 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 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. We are a member (and the former Chair) of the Global Health Security Agenda Consortium. MSH participates on the Advisory Board of the Alliance for Health Security and is an active member of the Global Health Council Health Security Roundtable
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 have included “Global Health Security is US National Security: What is Health Security and Why Does It Matter?”, and “The Rising Threat of Antimicrobial Resistance: What Happens When Diseases Resist the Drugs We've Designed to Fight Them?"
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. No More Epidemics played a vital role in raising awareness of the importance of infectious disease preparedness, promoting the voice of civil society, and emphasizing the importance of leadership and governance for 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.
“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