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Meetings Focus On Strengthening Global Health Security Agenda

News outlets report on an upcoming meeting aimed at fortifying the Global Health Security Agenda.

CQ HealthBeat: NGOs Pushed to Join Drive for Global Health Security Network
“On the eve of a major push by the Obama administration to establish a worldwide system to get ahead of threats like Ebola, global health leaders met Thursday at George Washington University to enlist non-governmental organizations to join in the effort. … One expert said that hundreds of millions of dollars are still needed worldwide for the effort, known as the Global Health Security Agenda. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requested $45 million from Congress in fiscal 2015 funding to assist with U.S. efforts…” (Reichard, 9/25).

Washington Post: Leaders urged to strengthen global health security in wake of Ebola epidemic
“Hoping to make the most of the world’s attention in the wake of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, President Obama and other leaders will try again to strengthen a longer-term strategy to enhance global health security. The White House, which launched an initiative in February aimed at preventing the global spread of infectious disease epidemics, will host a meeting Friday of officials from 44 countries to discuss how to develop basic disease detection and monitoring systems to contain the spread of deadly illnesses…” (Eilperin/Sun, 9/25).

White House: FACT SHEET: Global Health Security Agenda: Getting Ahead of the Curve on Epidemic Threats
“…The Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) was launched on February 13, 2014 to advance a world safe and secure from infectious disease threats and to bring together nations from all over the world to make new, concrete commitments, and to elevate global health security as a national leaders-level priority. … On September 26, President Obama, National Security Advisor Rice, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Monaco, and Secretaries Kerry, Hagel, and Burwell will meet with Ministers and senior officials from 44 countries and leading international organizations to make specific commitments to implement the GHSA and to work toward a commitment to assist West Africa with needed global health security capacity within three years…” (9/26).

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