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US Joins Global Health Security Agenda to Fight Infectious Diseases

March 4, 2014

On February 13, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that the United States has joined 26 countries, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Association (FAO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) in committing to the mission of Global Health Security Agenda to find ways to keep the world’s population safe from infectious diseases.

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As stated on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website, The Global Health Security Agenda aims to “accelerate progress toward a world safe and secure from infectious disease threats and to promote global health security as an international security priority, to

  • Prevent and reduce the likelihood of outbreaks – natural, accidental, or Intentional;
  • Detect threats early to save lives;
  • Respond rapidly and effectively using multi-sectorial, international coordination and communication”

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius commenting on the US joining the Agenda said, “Global health security is a shared responsibility; no one country can achieve it alone. In the coming months, we will welcome other nations to join the United States and the 26 other countries gathered here in Washington and in Geneva, as we work to close the gaps in our ability to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats.”

Infectious diseases are the second leading cause of death worldwide, after heart disease, and perhaps surprisingly, they are responsible for more deaths annually than even cancer. In total, infectious diseases claim 16.2 percent of deaths each year. We here at Alere Analytics feel encouraged that the United States, together with the Global Health Security Agenda network, are dedicating themselves to fighting the deadly infections that continue to threaten the health of society.

To learn more about this initiative, see the CDC website.

To learn more about Alere Analytics’ Clinical Surveillance Solution, which includes Infection Control, Medication Management and Antimicrobial Stewardship, visit our website.

Dr. Ritu

By Dr. Ritu Mahajan, Clinical Surveillance Director at Alere Analytics

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