Jessica A. Bell
Senior Director, Global Biological Policy and Programs
An October 2020 commentary in The BMJ highlights the value of the Global Health Security (GHS) Index as a practical tool that can help inform global policy makers and practitioners. “The value proposition of the Global Health Security Index” was authored by NTI | bio experts Beth Cameron and Jessica Bell, plus other members of the GHS Index project team at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, The Economist Intelligence Unit, and multiple members of the GHS Index International Panel of Experts.
Written as a response to an April 2020 article in The BMJ that questioned the value added of the GHS Index, the authors highlighted ways in which the GHS Index stands out among other tools for improving global health preparedness and security. Among them:
In October 2019, the inaugural GHS Index published this overarching conclusion: No country is fully prepared for epidemics or pandemics, and every country has important gaps to address. This finding was unfortunately prescient, as throughout 2020 countries have struggled to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the new article states, “It is more important than ever for the global community to take stock of its strengths and vulnerabilities and capitalize on opportunities to chart paths towards a safer, securer world.”
Read “The value proposition of the Global Health Security Index,” on The BMJ’s website here.
Read more about the GHS Index at www.ghsindex.org.
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