ABSTRACT

Global Health Security: USAID and CDC Funding, Activities, and Assessments of Countries' Capacities to Address Infectious Disease Threats Before COVID-19 Onset, Report to Congressional Committees   [open pdf - 4MB]

From the Highlights: "The outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in December 2019 demonstrated that infectious diseases can lead to catastrophic loss of life and sustained damage to the global economy. USAID [U.S. Agency for International Development] and CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] have led U.S. efforts to strengthen GHS [global health security]--that is, global capacity to prepare for, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats and to reduce or prevent their spread across borders. These efforts include work related to the multilateral GHSA [Global Health Security Agenda] initiative, which aims to accelerate progress toward compliance with international health regulations and other agreements. House Report 114-693 contained a provision for GAO [Government Accountability Office] to review the use of GHS funds. In this report, GAO examines, for the 5 fiscal years before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, (1) the status of USAID's and CDC's GHS funding and activities and (2) U.S. agencies' assessments, at the end of fiscal year 2019, of GHSA partner countries' capacities to address infectious disease threats and of challenges these countries faced in building capacity."

Report Number:
GAO-21-359
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Date:
2021-04
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Public Domain
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Government Accountability Office: https://www.gao.gov/
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pdf
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