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How the United States Squandered its Capacities to Respond to the Pandemic

December 8, 2021
With more reported cases and more deaths than any other country, the United States’ poor response to the COVID-19 pandemic shocked the world. As documented by the 2019 GHS Index, the United States had more global health security capacities in place to prevent and respond to epidemics and pandemics than…
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Preparedness for Pandemics Means Acting Now

December 8, 2021
COVID-19 has demonstrated the inadequacy of current global capacities to help countries respond to pandemics. The pervasive and protracted nature of pandemics distinguishes them from epidemics, which are more limited in geographic scope. In an epidemic, unaffected nations may be able to contribute funds, personnel, and other resources to assist…
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The GHS Index Theory of Change

December 8, 2021
Although other frameworks exist for measuring public health capacities, the GHS Index uniquely offers a broad assessment of preparedness gaps in all 195 States Parties to the International Health Regulations (IHR[2005]), the global treaty governing country requirements to mitigate cross-border health threats. The GHS Index is built upon three fundamental…
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GHS Index Team Highlights Value of Tool in Article for The BMJ

October 21, 2020
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 members of the GHS Index project team at…
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GHS Index Website Receives Awards for Creativity and Digital Excellence

October 20, 2020
The Global Health Security (GHS) Index website has been recognized with awards for its creativity and digital excellence from leading communicators and creative professionals. Launched in October 2019, the website houses the GHS Index report and presents its complex data in unique, interactive models to help communicate the information to a…

The U.S. and COVID-19: Leading the World by GHS Index Score, not by Response

April 27, 2020
Amid the threat posed by COVID-19 the Global Health Security (GHS) Index has been used repeatedly as a reference for global preparedness during the pandemic. This is a key goal of the GHS Index, and the COVID-19 pandemic has become a proof point for its main finding:  national health security is…