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Read-Out on the GHSA Summit in Kampala

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Practioners and young professionals who attended the 4th annual Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) Ministerial Meeting in Kampala, Uganda in October. The GHSA meeting, Health Security for All: Engaging Communities, Non-governmental Organizations, and the Private Sector, was a multi-sectoral collaboration between governments, civil society, and industry dedicated to the strengthening of global capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats. Attended by the ministers of health, finance, and agriculture and other senior officialfs from more than 50 nations, this was the first GHSA Ministerial Meeting held on the African continent. The meeting was held in late October at the same time as an unprecedented outbreak of pneumonic plague in Madagascar and an outbreak of Marburg in Uganda itself. These outbreaks were timely, but unfortunate, reminders that global health security is still very much a work in progress.