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Objective, Quantifiable Data Necessary To Improve Global Health Security Worldwide

Center for Global Development’s “Global Health Policy Blog”: Getting Serious on Global Health Security
Amanda Glassman, vice president for programs, director of global health policy, and senior fellow at CGD, discusses the importance of collecting and reporting better data to improve global health security. Glassman writes, “If we are serious about preventing the spread of emerging infectious diseases and avoiding continued ‘surprises’ like Ebola and Zika, generating hard data on system performance — not just a rough qualitative approximation — is key to making this global effort successful.” She writes about the Joint External Evaluation process under the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), “the need to create clearer financial and reputation incentives for measurable progress on the implementation of the GHSA,” and the GHSA’s future under the next U.S. administration (9/26).

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