May 10, 2017

New Report Delivers Focused Strategy to Achieve Global Health Security

The U.S. government has been a leader in global health efforts for decades, shaping the international policy agenda by establishing initiatives such as PEPFAR and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria and working with partner countries, industry, foundations, and nongovernmental organizations.  However, current and emerging global health threats and challenges – such as pandemics, communicable and noncommunicable diseases, and growing antimicrobial resistance – could have considerable human and economic costs.  The nation now faces whether gains in global health – won with billions of U.S. dollars, years of dedication, and strong programs – should be sustained and poised for further growth.

A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommends 14 priority actions that could have the most immediate and substantial effect, despite the limited resources available, to achieve global health security, maintain the U.S. as the world health leader, and safeguard billions of dollars in health investments. 

The report will be released at a one-hour public briefing starting at 11 a.m. EDT on Monday, May 15.  Participating from the committee that wrote the report:


National Academy of Medicine President Victor J. Dzau will offer welcoming remarks. Those who cannot attend the briefing in person may watch a live webcast at http://national-academies.org.

Advance copies of Global Health and the Future of the Role of the United States will be available to reporters only beginning at noon EDT on Friday, May 12.  The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EDT on Monday, May 15.  The public briefing will begin at 11 a.m. EDT in Room 125 of the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.  Reporters who wish to attend the briefing or obtain a copy of the report should contact the Office of News and Public Information at tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu.