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The Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University, directed by Dr. Rebecca Katz, was formally established in September 2016. The Center’s multi-disciplinary team develops evidence for action, providing decision makers with the tools they need for sustainable capacity building to prevent, detect and respond to public health emergencies. The team incorporates expertise in epidemiology, microbiology, virology, animal and human health systems, demography, economics, finance, statistics, and law.


We are actively contributing to efforts to address the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. For more on these efforts please visit our COVID-19 website.


We are pleased to release the COVID Analysis and Mapping of Policies (AMP) site as a part of the Georgetown Infectious Disease Atlas. COVID AMP provides access to a comprehensive list of policies and plans implemented to address the COVID-19 pandemic. In many cases, response efforts have been led by subnational governments or private and non-profit organizations. The database allows for simple searches, as each policy or plan has been categorized by the type of measure, in addition to implementation date and authorizing agency. In addition, policies can be identified by legal authority and plans by type of organization. Where available, PDFs or links to the original document or notice are included.

Access COVID AMP here:

In April 2020, playgrounds, nurseries, and workplaces closed around the world because of COVID-19. While much has been written on the disease for adult audiences, there was a lack of published material on COVID-19 for young children. To fill this gap, Dr. Claire Standley teamed up with two friends (who are also medical professionals) to write Coronawho? – a children’s book for explaining COVID-19 to preschool-aged children. The book includes a scavenger hunt for children, a discussion guide and resources for adults, and is freely available online as a PDF.

The COVID-19 pandemic will be an unprecedented test of governments’ ability to manage compound risks, as climate hazards disrupt outbreak response around the world. In a comment in Nature, Dr. Alexandra Phelan, Dr. Colin Carlson, and colleagues discuss immediate steps that can be taken to address this.

Read the full comment here: Compound climate risks in the COVID-19 pandemic

Dr. Alexandra Phelan, in collaboration with Center Affiliates Capt. Michelle Rourke and Dr. Mark Eccleston-Turner, authored a policy forum in Science on how COVID-19 has revealed gaps in international law that can inhibit the timely sharing of infectious disease information, samples, and sequences.

Read the full piece here: Policy opportunities to enhance sharing for pandemic research

Considering the multitude of complex dynamics inherent to their transmission, neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are ideally suited for consideration within a One Health approach. Dr. Claire Standley will serve as a guest editor of a Special Issue in Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease that will explore the process by which the One Health concept is being applied to NTD control around the world, with an emphasis on multisectoral and integrated approaches at the regional, national, and/or subnational levels. The deadline for manuscript submission is 30 June 2020.

Please see the article solicitation for more information

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