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Global Health Security Index

In partnership with the Nuclear Threat Initiative and the Economist Intelligence Unit, the Center is developing the Global Health Security Index to assess a country’s technical, financial, socioeconomic, and political capabilities to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to epidemic threats with international implications, whether naturally occurring, deliberate, or accidental.

The index will draw from internationally-accepted technical assessments including the World Health Organization’s International Health Regulations Joint External Evaluation and the World Organization for Animal Health’s Performance of Veterinary Services Pathway. It will also incorporate other important factors, such as countries’ overall health system strength, commitment to global norms, and the risk environment.

The index framework will be piloted in four countries to determine what adjustments, if any, need to be made before it can be scaled up significantly. Once the framework is complete, the Center and its partners will use the framework to assess, collect, and analyze data on a country-by-country-basis, with the ultimate goal of informing improvements to vital global health security capabilities needed to prevent loss of live, political and economic instability, and undue restrictions on trade, travel, and human rights.

Project team lead: Jennifer Nuzzo, DrPH

Project team: Sanjana Ravi, MPH; Diane Meyer, RN, MPH

Project supported by: Open Philanthropy Project; Nuclear Threat Initiative



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