Public Health Emergency - Leading a Nation Prepared
The interconnectedness of our world brings with it the ability for emerging infectious diseases and other health security threats to spread rapidly across borders. To better protect health and save lives, the Division of International Health Security coordinates with its partners across the country and around the globe to enact plans, policies and response strategies that help mitigate these threats.
DIHS provides leadership in international programs, initiatives, and policies to strengthen public health and medical emergency preparedness and response by:
Since its establishment in 2010, the Division of International Health Security has responded to a wide range of international health threats, including the 2010 Haiti earthquake and cholera outbreak; the Fukushima Nuclear power plant disaster; the recent MERS-CoV, Ebola virus and Zika virus outbreaks.
Our Vision: A nation prepared to respond to public health emergencies in an interdependent global health security environment.
Our Mission: Provide leadership in international programs, initiatives, and policies to strengthen public health and medical emergency preparedness and response.*
Under the U.S, binding commitment to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Health Regulations (IHR), DIHS manages the U.S.IHR National Focal Point (NFP) and leads all policy aspects of notifications of public health emergencies of international concern (PHEIC) to WHO. In addition, DIHS leads the monitoring and evaluation of the U.S.’s implementation of its capacities to detect, prevent and respond to public health emergencies, including leading the self-assessment and coordination of the external, independent evaluation of our country’s capacities under the IHR Joint External Evaluation (JEE) framework, assigned to HHS under the Executive Order for Advancing the Global Health Security Agenda to Achieve a World Safe and Secure from Infectious Disease Threats.
DIHS also collaborates with domestic and international partners through strategic programs to support implementation of IHR core capacities in partner countries, including strengthening of NFP capacities and preparedness planning for response to public health emergencies.
In partnership with other nations, intergovernmental organizations, and public and private stakeholders, the United States will help accelerate progress toward a world safe from public health threats and will promote efforts to strengthen global health security as a national health security priority.
- National Health Security Strategy, 2015
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