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Improving Global Health, Strengthening Global Security PDF

Gigi Kwik Gronvall, Ryan Morhard, Kunal Rambhia, Abigail Ribner, Tara Kirk Sell, Matthew Watson, and Samuel Wollner

Biosecurity and Bioterrorism. Volume 9, Number 1, 2011. © Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. DOI: 10.1089/bsp.2011.0213

Introduction

Improving Global Health, Strengthening Global Security was held in Washington, DC, on November 22, 2010. With the support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Center for Biosecurity hosted this invitational meeting to bring together nearly 200 leaders from the federal government, the policy community, top think tanks, academia, and major media outlets.

The meeting focused on policies and programs important to improving global public health and to strengthening global security—efforts that collectively comprise global health security. Such efforts include international cooperation in support of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) and the International Health Regulations (IHR); disease surveillance for outbreaks of international importance and urgency; exchange of technical information and new pathogens for vaccine, medicine, and diagnostic development; and prevention, early warning, and control of serious animal disease outbreaks.

There is momentum on global health security both internationally and nationally, with many distinct programmatic activities across the U.S. government. However, there are comparatively few opportunities for leaders in the field to meet, share accomplishments, identify common challenges, and consider new approaches. This meeting provided one such opportunity.

The summary report provides a brief synopsis of panel discussions and individual presentations. To read full report–go to conference website or download PDF.