Several weeks ago, work done by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) to create a Global Health Security (GHS) Index using research by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) was published. The outcome of no country, including high-income countries, is prepared for an epidemic or a pandemic continues to receive media attention.

While not optimistic results, the GHS Index will help inform countries on where to improve their process to identify risks, improve preparedness and best practices, and track future progress with future GHS Indexes.

The GHS Index was created using only open source information and data from international organizations, including the World Health Organization; the World Health Organization for Animal Health; Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations; and the World Bank. The types of biologic events examined were naturally, intentionally, and accidentally occurring infectious disease outbreaks.

Further information on the GHS Index can be found in the JHSPH news release or at www.ghsindex.org.