The Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) is an effort by nations, international organizations, and civil society to accelerate progress towards a world safe and secure from infectious disease threats by prioritizing global health security and by establishing capacity to prevent, detect and rapidly respond to biological threats. Countries are encouraged to fully implement global frameworks including the World Health Organization (WHO) International Health Regulations 2005 (IHR) and the World Organization for Animal Health Performance of Veterinary Services pathway.
Uganda is prone to disease outbreaks. It is vulnerable because it is located within geographic belts for Yellow fever and filoviruses. Moreover, it is located close to the Congo Basin, one of the world’s ‘hot spots’ for zoonotic diseases. To combat these threats, in 2013 Uganda joined the GHSA. In 2017, Uganda became the first African country to host a High Level Ministerial Meeting of the GHSA, signalling Uganda’s ongoing political commitment to this effort.