Global Health Security
Disease outbreaks can strike at any time, causing substantial human suffering, deaths, and important economic losses. The greatest risks stem from the weakest health systems, where countries lack the tools, infrastructure, policies, and systems to keep communities healthy and secure in the face of instability.
In countries with robust health systems, essential health services are delivered within the context of ongoing response activities, and outbreaks can be prevented or identified and contained quickly. Countries with weak health systems, stretched to function well beyond their limited capacity, cannot withstand sudden shocks, and an outbreak can take hold and spread rapidly.
MSH helps countries strengthen health systems to drive outcomes toward global health security targets. Our work enhances national and local capacity to prevent, rapidly detect, and respond effectively to global health threats.