U.S. Government Releases its Annual Report on the Progress and Impact of its Investments in the Global Health Security Agenda

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For Immediate Release

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Office of Press Relations
Telephone: +1.202.712.4320 | Email: press@usaid.gov

Today, the United States Government released, "Strengthening Health Security Across the Globe: Progress and Impact of U.S. Government Investments in the Global Health Security Agenda." This whole-of-Government report demonstrates the determination of the United States to continue to advance health security at home and abroad.

The pandemic of COVID-19 is a poignant reminder that the work to achieve global health security is urgent and ongoing. Infectious-disease threats do not respect national boundaries and can spread rapidly to jeopardize the health, security, and prosperity of every country - including the United States.

This annual report highlights the U.S. Government's contributions to the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) and to partnerships under the GHSA that have improved capabilities in partner countries to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious-disease threats and outbreaks. The US Agency for International Development's (USAID) investments to strengthen disease-surveillance and laboratory systems for animal and human health, improve the prevention and control of infections, and promote accurate public communications and community engagement have provided critical support during the COVID-19 pandemic while strengthening U.S. national security.

In the 21st century, the U.S. Government has contributed more than $140 billion in global health assistance, including more than $1 billion to strengthen national capacity in partner countries to prevent, detect, and respond to existing and emerging infectious-disease threats.

The U.S. Government remains firmly committed to the GHSA as a premier model of global engagement on health security. The ability of governments, academia, and civil society around the world to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious-disease threats protects both the security of the global community and the Homeland. The United States calls upon all governments to comply with their obligations under the International Health Regulations (2005) to report data and share information on outbreaks immediately and transparently.

To learn more about USAID's contributions to the GHSA and those of other Federal Departments and Agencies, please click here to read the annual report.