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October 25, 2017
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U.S. Government Participates in 4th High Level Global Health Security Agenda Ministerial Meeting

In a meeting on September 20, 2017, President Donald Trump underscored his commitment to promote the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) by noting, “We cannot have prosperity if we’re not healthy. We will continue our partnership on critical health initiatives.” That is the message that U.S. government officials carry to the 4th High Level GHSA Ministerial Meeting in Kampala, Uganda this October 25-27, 2017.

Rear Admiral R. Timothy Ziemer of the National Security Council leads the multi-sectoral U.S. Delegation comprised of the Departments of Health and Human Services, State, Defense, Agriculture, Treasury, and the Agency for International Development to deliver on President Trump’s commitment. Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., and Director of the Office of Global Affairs, Garrett Grigsby, serve as the chief representatives to the meeting on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services.  

In Kampala, the U.S. Delegation has bilateral meetings with government officials from GHSA member countries to discuss the ongoing collaboration between the U.S. and our partners on global health security. At the meeting Rear Admiral Ziemer delivered the plenary address and Director Fitzgerald will deliver closing remarks on behalf of the Trump Administration, reaffirming U.S. support for the Global Health Security Agenda and underscoring the goal to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious diseases.

Launched in 2014, the GHSA is a worldwide effort to help build countries’ capacity to help create a world safe and secure from infectious disease threats and elevate global health security as a national and global priority. Through a growing multisectoral partnership of international organizations, non-governmental stakeholders, and more than 60 countries, GHSA is accelerating efforts to build countries’ capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious diseases.

To learn more, read Rear Admiral Ziemer’s blog entitled Securing Global Health through U.S. Leadership and follow the 4th High Level GHSA Ministerial Meeting in Kampala, Uganda by visiting the GHSA website and by checking out #GHSAKampala, #GlobalHealthSecurity, and #GHSAgenda on social media.

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Last revised: October 25, 2017

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