Policy Update

US Commission recommends improvements to US global health security

A US commission established by the Center for Strategic and International Relations (CSIS) released a report on 'Ending the Cycle of Crisis and Complacency in U.S. Global Health Security'. 

The report makes seven recommendations for actions that both the White House and Congress could take to improve global health security and the role of the US in the field. Members of the CSIS commission included four members of the US House of Representatives, two senators, and 12 other leaders from the global health, development, and national security fields. The report was discussed at a recent Senate Armed Services subcommittee.

The recommendations included:

  • Restoring the health security post at the National Security Council;
  • Providing multi-year funding for the global health security agenda; and
  • Establishing a challenge fund at the World Bank and a global health response corp in the US, and otherwise ensuring both rapid resources in emergencies and delivery of critical services and new technologies.

News article - Devex

Commission report - CSIS