Global Health Security Index


Assessing global health security conditions

Challenge

Countries need to work together to control pandemics, but without an independent assessment of national health security capability, it is difficult to fully understand needs, identify gaps, and track improvements over time.

Action

Create a Global Health Security (GHS) Index to assess country capability to prevent and mitigate high-consequence biological events.

Results

The GHS Index highlights individual country needs, boost compliance with international standards, and create better understanding of global capabilities to prevent, detect, and respond to biological threats.

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Recent infectious disease outbreaks—including the Zika virus in the Americas, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, MERS-CoV in the Middle East, and pandemic influenza—have exposed weaknesses in preventing, detecting, and responding to biological threats. Without adequate measures to address public health emergencies, outbreaks can rapidly spread, costing thousands of lives and billions in economic loss. Ultimately, this threatens global peace and security.

NTI and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, with research by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), are developing a Global Health Security (GHS) Index that provides a public benchmarking of health security and related capabilities across the 195 countries that make up the States Parties to the International Health Regulations. Learning lessons from NTI’s Nuclear Security Index, the GHS Index will be a valuable tool to spur measurable changes in national health security and improve international capability to address one of the world’s most omnipresent risks: infectious disease outbreaks that can lead to international epidemics and pandemics. The GHS Index draws from and complements the World Health Organization Joint External Evaluation process and is intended to influence decision-making; motivate regular country commitments, financing, and accountability; and—ultimately—to aid the improvement of pandemic preparedness.

In consultation with an international panel of experts that includes 21 widely respected scientists and public health experts from 13 countries and international organizations including the World Bank, the project team has developed a framework of national indicators for health security. It assesses countries’ technical, financial, and political capabilities to prevent, detect, and respond to epidemics with international implications.

The GHS Index helps decisionmakers in individual countries, regional and international organizations, and philanthropies to act now to identify, fill, and finance capability gaps. Over time, the GHS Index will measure progress against benchmarks, promote mutual accountability, encourage transparency, and provide incentives for improvements.

International Panel of Experts

Note: Members of the Global Health Security (GHS) Index International Panel of Experts provided advice over the course of the Index’s development and participated in their personal capacities or in their capacities as representatives of advising organizations. The judgments and recommendations reflected in the GHS Index do not necessarily reflect the views of panel members, nor their respective employers, other affiliations, or governments.

Dr. David M. Barash

Executive Director, GE Foundation

Dr. David Blazes

Senior Program Officer, Surveillance and Epidemiology, Global Health Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Dr. Mukesh Chawla

Adviser, Health, Nutrition and Population, World Bank; Chair, UNAIDS and World Bank Global Economics Reference Group on HIV-AIDS

Dr. Chaeshin Chu

Deputy Scientific Director, Division of Risk Assessment and International Cooperation, Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC)

Dr. Scott F. Dowell

Deputy Director, Vaccine Development and Surveillance, Global Health Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Dr. Dylan George

Associate Director, BNext, In-Q-Tel

Mr. Lawrence O. Gostin

Faculty Director and Founding Chair, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Dr. Ernesto Gozzer 

Associate Professor, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia; International Consultant

Dr. Wilmot James

Visiting Professor, Political Science and Pediatrics, Columbia University

Dr. Julius J. Lutwama

Senior Principal Research Officer, Ministry of Health, Uganda; Head of the Department of Arbovirology, Emerging and Re-Emerging Viral Infectious Diseases, Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI)

Dr. Issa Makumbi

Director, Public Health Emergency Operations Centre, Ministry of Health, Uganda

Dr. Lee Myers

Manager, a.i., Emergency Management Centre for Animal Health (EMC-AH), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (on behalf of the United States Department of Agriculture)

Dr. Indira Nath

Former Senior Professor and Head, Department of Biotechnology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences

Dr. Simo Nikkari

Director and Professor, Centres for Military Medicine and Biothreat Preparedness, FDF Logistics Command, Finland

The Honorable Cllr. Tolbert G. Nyenswah

Director General, National Public Health Institute, Liberia

Mr. Robert Powell

Editorial Director Americas, Thought Leadership, The Economist Intelligence Unit

Dr. Malik Muhammad Safi

Director of Health Programs and Head of Health Planning, System Strengthening and Information Analysis Unit, Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination, Pakistan

Dr. Tomoya Saito

Chief Senior Researcher, Department of Health Crisis Management, National Institute of Public Health, Japan

Dr. Pretty Multihartina

Director, Center for Health Determinant Analysist, Ministry of Health, Indonesia

Dr. Oyewale Tomori

Professor of Virology; Former President, Nigerian Academy of Science

Dr. Wu Fan

Deputy Director General, Shanghai Municipal Health Commission, China

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