Public Health Emergency - Leading a Nation Prepared
The Division of International Heath Security (DIHS) leads the U.S. engagement with the Global Health Security Initiative (GHSI), a partnership with Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Commission (EC). The World Health Organization (WHO) serves as a technical advisor.
Since its inception in 2001, GHSI members have worked on strengthening capacities and decision-making guidelines to address CBRN threats and emerging infectious diseases with pandemic potential. Based on the collective experience of GHSI members during our collective responses to H1N1, Fukushima, Ebola, MERS-CoV, and Zika, GHSI has developed critical tools to aid national and international response coordination. Examples of these tools include:
The HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and the DIHS Director serve as the U.S. Senior Official and the U.S. Delegation Liaison to GHSI, respectively. DIHS coordinates HHS participation within the five GHSI Working Groups and provides leadership and guidance for the development of international policies and processes to improve public health emergency preparedness.
DIHS serves as the Executive Secretariat for both the Radio-Nuclear Threats and the Pandemic Influenza Working Groups. Additionally, DIHS serves as the Chair of the Medical Countermeasures (MCM) Task Force and the co-Chair for the Threat and Risk Assessment Task Force. DIHS is the U.S. representative and a major contributor to the Sample Sharing Task Group.
GHSI Organizational Structure
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