News and Insights about the GHS Index News & Analysis

Analysis

GHS Index Experts publish COVID-19 Analysis in BMJ

January 6, 2022
Two years after publication of the inaugural edition of the Global Health Security Index, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented an opportunity to reflect on the relationship between excess mortality during the pandemic and national preparedness as defined by the index. To better inform the future iterations of the GHS Index,…
News

2021 Global Health Security Index Finds All Countries Remain Dangerously Unprepared for Future Epidemic and Pandemic Threats

December 8, 2021
Report calls on national and global leaders to sustain and expand upon preparedness capacities developed to fight COVID-19 WASHINGTON, DC (December 8, 2021) — Despite important steps taken by countries to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, all countries—across all income levels—remain dangerously unprepared to meet future epidemic and pandemic threats,…
Analysis

The Evolution of the GHS Index

December 8, 2021
Although the GHS Index measures capacities and identifies preparedness gaps, it cannot predict how leaders will use national assets when a crisis occurs. The COVID-19 pandemic revealed that some of the countries identified by the 2019 GHS Index to have the greatest health security capacities, such as the United States…
Analysis

Learning from the COVID-19 Pandemic

December 8, 2021
Nearly two years after the World Health Organization (WHO) recognized COVID-19 as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, some lessons from the pandemic are clear: Countries’ ability to measure the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths depend on their having public health capacities such as diagnostic and screening tests,…
Analysis

Bigger than COVID-19: Preparedness for Globally Catastrophic Biological Events

December 8, 2021
Global Catastrophic Biological Risks (GCBRs) refer to biological risks of unprecedented scale, with devastating outcomes that are orders of magnitude greater than what the world has witnessed with the COVID-19 pandemic. Such events could cause such significant and irreparable damage to human civilization that they undermine its long-term potential. Although…
Analysis

How did COVID-19 Affect the Development of the 2021 GHS Index?

December 8, 2021
The world will be assessing the factors that contributed to the trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic for years to come. GHS Index team members took stock of the current information and thinking about what factors mattered most in responding to the virus as they developed the 2021 GHS Index framework,…
Analysis

The Importance of Data Transparency

December 8, 2021
Data related to epidemic and pandemic preparedness, such as disease surveillance, health system, and response capacity data, should be publicly available so that officials within and beyond country borders understand the nature and magnitude of the threat and the tools available to contain it. Data transparency allows for better decision…
Analysis

Building on the Joint External Evaluation Process

December 8, 2021
By regularly releasing data on countries’ health security capacities, the GHS Index aims to generate additional political will for resources to fill identified gaps. By design, the GHS Index is meant to bolster the Joint External Evaluation (JEE) process, which is a WHO led independent, collaborative, and multi-sectoral assessment of…
Analysis

New Zealand: A Case Study in Progress

December 8, 2021
Since the release of the 2019 GHS Index, New Zealand has made improvements in detection and reporting and compliance with international norms, which led to it jumping up 12 positions in rank. In particular, New Zealand showed increased capacity across laboratory system strength and quality, supply chains, and epidemiological…
Analysis

Defining Preparedness, Capacity, and Capability

December 8, 2021
Preparedness, capacity, and capability are important concepts to the GHS Index. The UN and WHO define preparedness as the ability of governments, professional response organizations, communities, and individuals to anticipate, detect, and respond effectively to, and recover from, the impact of likely, imminent, or current health emergencies, hazards, events, or…