Global Health Security Partnership

Connecting to build a safer and more secure world

Disease detectives, data wizards, and frontline health workers are joining forces to developing networks to improve global health security. Photo: L. Heinisch

Our interconnected world is at increasing risk from infectious diseases. The ongoing global Zika virus outbreak and the 2014–15 Ebola outbreak in West Africa are stark reminders of our collective vulnerability. But the global interconnectivity that creates the risk of pandemics also provides the means to collaborate on new systems and solutions to prevent, detect, and respond to public health threats.

The PATH Global Health Security Partnership (GHSP) is a 5-year effort funded by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Through the GHSP, PATH is helping countries to strengthen their health systems. We do this by expanding infectious disease surveillance, strengthening laboratory capacity, and developing effective information systems. PATH supports national governments and partners to leverage and improve interconnected health systems across laboratories, health facilities, and emergency operations centers, and works to improve data quality and promote data use to effectively address outbreak threats.

Our country work

PATH provides technical support to CDC and Ministries of Health in four countries for a range of activities related to global health security. Our work includes:

  • Supporting emergency operations centers in Democratic Republic of Congo and Vietnam to coordinate response to outbreak threats.
  • Strengthening biosafety and biosecurity in laboratories and building a national network to link diagnostic and surveillance laboratories in Senegal.
  • Enhancing infection prevention in health facilities and combating antimicrobial resistance in Senegal and Vietnam.
  • Improving water, sanitation, and hygiene conditions in health care facilities and building an electronic surveillance and response system for infectious diseases in Tanzania.
  • Establishing regional and centralized virtual warehouses for surveillance data and building capacity for data use for outbreak response in Vietnam.

Visit What We Do on the right to learn more about our work in each of these countries.

The Global Health Security Agenda

The GHSP is part of a larger effort called the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA). The GHSA is a growing partnership of nations, international organizations, and nongovernmental stakeholders working to help create a world safe and secure from human and animal infectious disease threats and elevate global health security as a national and global priority.

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