|Report Sheds Light on U.S. Health Security |
Here are six things you need to know about the Joint External Evaluation
|In May, the U.S. invited an international team of experts to evaluate how the country is doing on important measures of global health security. The full results of their assessment, known as the Joint External Evaluation (JEE), are now available to the public. Here are six things you need to know:|
- This assessment is the result of a historic series of events and international agreements.
- It is meant to measure how well countries are prepared to prevent, detect, and respond to public health emergencies.
- The U.S. is one of many countries to undergo this type of assessment as part of a commitment to the International Health Regulations (IHR) and the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA).
- Over their five-day visit to the U.S., the evaluation team used a detailed tool to look at 19 technical areas spanning human and animal health, wildlife, security, interior, defense, and other areas.
- In their final report, the team concluded that "the U.S. has extensive and effective systems to reduce the risks and impacts of major public health emergencies, and actively participates in the global health security system established by the IHR."
- They also identified opportunities for improvement, which will help drive future plans for programs throughout CDC and the nation.
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