Advocates for global health security hoped that the 2014 West African Ebola outbreak would be the game changer that would finally spur meaningful, coordinated investment in health security—and break the recurrent cycle of panic and neglect towards epidemics.

To its peril, the US has pulled the rug out from under the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), pioneered to assess and control global outbreaks, write Jennifer B. Nuzzo and colleagues from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.US funds will dry up in 2019,…

Mapping areas at high-risk for 4 hemorrhagic fevers and improving surveillance of animals that transmit the diseases are key steps in prevention, according to new research. The study, published in the Lancet, found hotspots in the last Ebola outbreak are likely to see more…

Experts fear the risk of bio-attacks is rising around the world. Yet budget cuts may soon shut down the U.S.’s only government lab devoted to studying bioweapons.2 decades ago, the Japanese Aum Shinrikyo cult, which terrorized Tokyo with toxic nerve gas in 1995, had to…

As I write this commentary, we’re seeing Zika infections in India, H1N9 in China, cholera in Somalia, to name just a few. These diseases do not only claim lives, they also disrupt social fabric and destroy local economies. West Africa’s 2014 Ebola outbreak claimed 11,310…

In an era of escalating health threats, a National Academies of Science report released yesterday urges the US to maintain a leadership role and invest in global health security.   The report defines 4 priority areas: global health security; HIV, TB, and malaria; women and…

Citing national security interests, the Trump budget proposes an increase in military spending of $54 billion—yet undermines its goals by underfunding biosurveillance, argues Maureen Miller, a Columbia University Medical Center professor.   More than a third of the $50…

More than 400 human cases of H7N9 bird flu have been confirmed in China since last October, the biggest and deadliest outbreak of the virus in human history.  

Global threats may be harder to fight if the Trump administration pumps up military spending and skimps on foreign aid and diplomacy as it has proposed doing, argues columnist Nicholas Kristof.   Hard military power must be balanced by diplomacy and foreign aid, Kristof…

Chastened by ineffectual responses to infectious disease outbreaks, the industrialized nations of the G7 agreed in 2014 to evaluate their preparedness through the Global Health Security Agenda.   This new initiative, which calls for countries to self-report levels of…