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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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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

Over the last three years, Georgetown’s Global Health Initiative has recruited talented undergraduate and graduate students to work with faculty on semester-long global research projects, to participate in global health-related events, and to network with one another and scholars in the global health field. The application is open for all Georgetown undergraduate and graduate students to apply to be a Global Health Initiative Fellow next Spring. Please apply by Monday, December 9.

Projects the GHI is looking to fund GHI Fellows for can be found here

Following the 2014–2016 Ebola crisis in West Africa, the President of Guinea established a new agency solely dedicated to preparedness and response to public health emergencies. In this context, Aurelia Attal-Juncqua, Claire Standley, Anna Tordjmann, Gian Luca Burci, and Rebecca Katz completed a research project to assess the legal and regulatory basis for activities related to public health emergencies management across the Guinean government.

Read the paper here: Legislative assessments as a tool for strengthening health security capacity: the example of Guinea
post-2014 Ebola outbreak

Center Faculty Affiliate, Michael Stoto, recently published a paper in Globalization and Health, on after action reviews (AARs) and improving global health security. This analysis reviews evidence on the effectiveness of AARs as tools for system improvement and summarizes key lessons about ensuring that AARs result in meaningful learning from experiences.

Read the full paper: Getting the most from after action reviews to improve global health security

Alex Phelan and Rebecca Katz recently published a commentary in The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics on legal epidemiology for health security and universal health coverage. 

Read the full piece here: Legal Epidemiology for Global Health Security and Universal Health Coverage

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