19th November 2017

Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA)

Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), a global initiative to strengthen International Health Regulation (IHR 2005), initially a partnership of nearly 50 nations, international organizations and non-governmental stakeholders, is facilitating collaborative capacity-building efforts to achieve specific and measurable targets around biological threats, while accelerating achievement of the core capacities required by the World Health Organization's (WHO's), International Health Regulations (IHR), the World Organization of Animal Health's (OIE) Performance of Veterinary Services Pathway, and other relevant global health security frameworks. This partnership is led and supported by a GHSA Steering Group composed of 10 member nations (India is a member of Steering Committee). The Chair of this Steering Group is filled by a different nation each year.

The Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) was launched in February 2014 and the launch was joined by many partner countries remotely. India was represented by Secretary Health & Family Welfare through video conferencing from WHO-SEARO Office.

GHSA pursues a multilateral and multi-sectoral approach to strengthen both the global capacity and nations’ capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to human and animal infectious diseases threats whether naturally occurring or accidentally or deliberately spread. GHSA acknowledges the essential need for a multilateral and multi-sectoral approach to strengthen both the global capacity and nations' capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious diseases threats whether naturally occurring, deliberate, or accidental – capacity that once established would mitigate the devastating effects of Ebola, MERS, other highly pathogenic infectious diseases, and bioterrorism events.

Global health security is a shared responsibility that cannot be achieved by a single actor or sector of government. Its success depends upon collaboration among the health, security, environment and agriculture sectors.