Priority Public Health Research Needs for Enhancing Global Health Security

• Division of Global Health Protection, Center for Global Health, CDC

Describe the priority public health research needs for enhancing global health security, and thereby give guidance to partners to maixmize the scientific, programmatic, and policy impact of their research.

As specified in the World Health Organization (WHO) 2005 International Health Regulations (IHRs), global health security relies on the capacity of all countries to rapidly detect and control public health threats at their source.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with many partners including WHO, ministries of health, and universities to develop public health systems and workforce, improve techincal capacity and partnerships, and conduct applied research aimed at protecting the health of Americans and people around the world. Through resources and partnerships available from several sources, particularly the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), remarkable improvements in the public health systems have been achieved in many countries.

However, additional work remains to be done; many countries are still unable to rapidly detect and control a public health threat and therefore remain noncompliant with the WHO IHR. To address these gaps and thereby accelerate efforts to strengthen global health security, further public health research is needed, a particular priority public health research need is in determining the most effective implementation approaches for responding to global public health threats and building global health security capacity. Such efforts will help build an evidence base for the implementation of the capacity building efforts aimed at enhancing global health security.

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