The Center for Global Health Engagement (CGHE) supports the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s (DTRA) Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP). CBEP works to improve biological safety and security, strengthen biological risk management, and enhance surveillance for especially dangerous and emerging pathogens that may threaten public health. CGHE and CBEP share a common goal of facilitating medical and public health education and research within US DoD mission areas to bolster global health security activities.
CGHE-CBEP uses a requirements validation process (RVP) to define capacities and capabilities of partner nations with respect to biosafety, biosecurity and disease detection, diagnosis, and reporting. RVPs enable the partnership to mutually determine the best course of action to augment a country’s ability to meet obligations under the UN Security Council Resolution 1540 (prevent misuse of biological substances) and the World Health Organization’s International Health Regulations (enhance global health security).
CGHE-CBEP supports and implements regular activities with US Central Command (CENTCOM). Activities and ongoing correspondence with partner nations help strengthen and maintain relationships, leading to more sustainable programming. CGHE subject matter and country experts engage a range of stakeholders to allow for valuable resource and information sharing, and to further understand the partner nation and how best to reach desired end states.
• Partner US government organizations include US CENTCOM, US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, US Department of State Biological Engagement Program (BEP), US Agency for International Development, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories.
• Partner nation engagements work with clinicians, veterinarians, biotechnologists and lab workers from each country’s Military and Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Interior.
CGHE-CBEP is positioned to continue and build upon previous successes as new opportunities to expand the program arise.