Global Health Security
Global health security is a top priority for the United States and the international community. Left unchecked, a single infectious disease outbreak anywhere in the world has the potential to become a larger epidemic, or worse, a pandemic that can devastate communities and entire countries with far-reaching impacts on economic growth, political stability, and international development goals.
We work with countries to build strong and sustainable health systems and effectively support local populations to prepare for, detect, and respond to disease outbreaks at their source. This requires comprehensive, resilient primary health care services and systems with working components: strong leadership, engaged communities, labs and hospitals, pharmaceutical systems and supply chains, and disease surveillance systems.
MSH also advocates for greater and sustained investments in health security by organizing high-level discussions with field experts, government officials, and civil society members. We participate in a variety of other efforts to help countries comply with the International Health Regulations and thus become better prepared to prevent an infectious disease epidemic.