The complexity of health security is vast, requiring a whole-of-society approach: scientists, educators, policymakers, and advocates. The opportunity is equally vast: bringing isolated ideas and people together for unprecedented progress.
The issues we work on span the spectrum of biological threats to human, animal, and environmental health; from emerging and reemerging infectious disease to dual-use technology and deliberate events, including bioterrorism. Our work bridges the continents of global health, national security, foreign affairs, public diplomacy, and sustainable development. Sustainability is at the core of everything we do, whether it is cooperative scientific research, technical training and certification, policy development, or advocacy.
Building international consensus around difficult political issues is a perpetual challenge. Too often, the best ideas fail to realize their greatest potential because of cultural and political differences. Science serves as a shared language of understanding between people across cultural divides and can be leveraged to bridge these gaps as a vehicle for changing that pattern. Our team draws on years of experience as diplomats in the government and scientific societies to bring scientists and policymakers together to advance a shared vision.
In today’s interconnected world, diseases are evolving and spreading faster than ever before. Building local, national, and international capabilities to address disease outbreaks, whether naturally occurring or deliberate, is fundamental to ensuring a safe, secure, and stable world. Our work is focused around those infectious diseases that pose the most immediate threat to security including naturally occurring diseases and emerging and re-emerging zoonotic infectious diseases. With a One Health perspective, we work with partners around the world to improve disease detection and surveillance, bolster epidemiological reporting mechanisms, strengthen laboratory and field diagnostics, and develop useful policies to counter infectious disease threats. Whether providing technical expertise to build a biosafety laboratory in Southeast Asia or fielding remote diagnostic capabilities in a conflict zone, we are committed to minimizing the threat posed by infectious agents.
Outbreak and Public Health Emergency Response
The world has seen the devastating effect humanitarian crises and epidemics have on the public health and health security of nations. Public health emergencies require rapid and systematic responses to contain the crises and limit impact. HSP is uniquely positioned to effectively prevent epidemics and detect and respond to outbreaks. Our work with public health, clinical, and government partners improves preparedness and builds the capacity for locally lead response efforts, while our global network allows us to quickly provide expertise to support efforts on the ground.
Global patterns of antimicrobial resistance are being driven by international discord about how antibiotics should be used throughout the human, veterinary, and agricultural sectors. Evolving demographic patterns, climate change, and economic polarization fuel these inconsistent patterns of use around the world. In support of national and global commitments to combat antimicrobial resistance, we are strengthening testing capabilities throughout the Middle East/North Africa and Southeast Asia regions while developing local epidemiological surveillance networks to enhance communication and coordination.
With changing demographic patterns, compounded by the effects of climate change and natural resource constraints, the burden of non-communicable disease is poised to have a profound impact on national security. Middle- and low-income countries are seeing increased prevalence of these diseases, which are critical threats to workforce productivity and economic stability. The burden of non-communicable disease, when coupled with existing socioeconomic inequities, limited access to basic health services, and food and water insecurity, has the potential to fuel economic, political, and social instability and conflict. We are committed to raising the profile of non-communicable disease and its security ramifications.
Laboratory Safety & Security
With the number of biosafety laboratories rapidly growing around the world, often in remote, resource-constrained settings, the risks posed by infectious agent stockpiling or accidental release continue to grow. Our team has years of experience in conducting laboratory assessments and inspections, developing and testing mobile field units, and providing expert advise on infrastructure development to ensure that laboratories are managed in the safest manner possible. We focus on bench side teaching of laboratory personnel, protocol and SOP development, workforce reliability testing and management, and laboratory leadership development.
Dual-Use Research of Concern and Synthetic Biology
Never before has the ability to manipulate life at the most basic and fundamental levels been as easy as it is today. The international community is struggling to develop ethical norms that keep pace with the rate of technological development. Both in the United States and around the world, we are committed to helping scientists and policymakers better understand and mediate the risks levied by dual use research of concern and synthetic biology.
Biodefense & Bioterrorism
The nature of bioterrorism concerns has changed over the past two decades. Whereas the world used to focus on state sponsors of biological weapons development and large-scale bioterrorism threats, attention has shifted to threats by radical groups and isolated actors. Considering the nature of today’s threats, our work today takes place through the lens of risk mitigation for intentional misuse of agents by non-state actors. Our work on chemical and biological threat mitigation focuses on developing the new capabilities and partnerships needed for defense in a constantly changing geopolitical landscape.