On February 26, 2016, DIHS hosted, on behalf of the HHS Secretary the 16th GHSI Ministerial Meeting in Washington, D.C. which brought together the G7 Ministers of Health, Mexico, the WHO, and the European Commission. Ministers agreed to remain vigilant and to strengthen international cooperation to prepare and respond to health emergencies caused by CBRN threats. Several key meeting outcomes included:
- Agreeing to collaborate on more efficient and rapid ways to respond to global health security threats.
- Agreeing to quickly finalize a Sample Sharing Framework, to help countries share samples during public health emergencies.
- Discussing lessons learned from the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, and how to use these in response to the recent outbreak of the Zika virus.
- Agreeing that strengthening existing partnerships and institutions is key to be better prepared in the future. GHSI can do this by focusing on fulfilling the targets of the Global Health Security Agenda, improving the emergency response system for the WHO and linking with the pandemic preparedness efforts of the World Bank.