Global Health Security

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa (2014–2016) highlighted the urgent need for all countries to be able to prevent, detect and respond to health threats. To better prepare for threats like this, the U.S. government, together with international partners, launched the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA). GHSA is a multilateral and multi-sectoral initiative, providing a unifying framework for more than 40 countries to improve the global response to disease outbreaks and close gaps in surveillance and intervention.

The CDC Foundation has joined with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Center for Global Health to extend the reach and leverage CDC’s investments in six countries where urgent public health resource gaps exist in global health security: real-time surveillance; national laboratory systems; workforce development; emergency operations centers; and immunization. The six-country initiative includes HaitiIndiaNigeriaSierra LeoneUganda; and Vietnam. A major goal is to develop public-private partnerships in collaboration with Ministers of Health and CDC offices in these countries to strengthen their ability to prepare for the next outbreak. In today’s interconnected world where diseases are only a plane ride away, this initiative aims to keep Americans safe and secure.

CDC and the CDC Foundation recognize this initiative cannot be achieved by one sector alone. While approximate funding needs are noted beside each priority activity, all projects are scalable and multiple partners to achieve full funding are anticipated. Please email Marianne Gauval at should you be interested in discussing partnership funding opportunities.