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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.

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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.

In late December 2019, China reported to the World Health Organization cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, China, caused by a novel coronavirus. Alexandra Phelan, Rebecca Katz, and Larry Gostin published an opinion piece in JAMA discussing the current status of the outbreak, control measures being implemented in China and by governments around the world, and the role of the World Health Organization

Read the viewpoint here:
The Novel Coronavirus Originating in Wuhan, China: Challenges for Global Health Governance.

Multiple costing tools have been developed to understand the resources required to build and sustain the implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR). Rebecca Katz contributed to a desktop review that used various tools, including the IHR Costing Tool, to compare the cost estimates generated using different costing approaches.

Read the article here:
Action-Based Costing for National Action Plans for Health Security: Accelerating Progress Toward the International Health Regulations (2005).

Claire Standley, Aurelia Attal-Juncqua, Rebecca Katz, and Erin Sorrell recently published an article in Health Security summarizing almost 4 years of collaboration between CDC and implementing partners in Guinea during the Ebola virus disease response and the recovery period. The work highlights examples of collaborative synergies between cooperative agreement partners and local Guinean partners, discuss the impact of these collaborations on successful outcomes, and describes how partnership can benefit global health security implementation.

Read the article here:
Leveraging Partnerships to Maximize Global Health Security Improvements in Guinea, 2015-2019.

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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