The Office of International Health and Biodefense (IHB) partners with U.S. Embassies to raise awareness of infectious disease threats, highlighting specific actions foreign audiences can take to build global health security and address outbreaks of infectious diseases. IHB supports efforts to engage foreign media to publicize global health security issues and accurately cover outbreaks. IHB supports U.S. Science Envoys to raise health issues when traveling abroad. IHB works with U.S. Embassies to bring foreign health experts and students to the United States for training on effective public health measures, and advises State Department staff on how to engage foreign populations in health discussions. Building sustainable relationships with community leaders and media is critical to lay the groundwork for effective outbreak response.
IHB leverages community participatory methods to raise awareness and improve the science underlying infectious disease prevention response. IHB collaborates though the GLOBE program to encourage students and private citizens throughout the world to map mosquitoes’ location and habitat. Mosquitoes carry significant human health threats including Zika and malaria. Understanding where and what types of mosquitoes are present can help communities take measures to protect themselves.
IHB also highlights and assists with U.S. activities in support of selected WHO Global Health Days to raise awareness and mobilize global action on health issues. For general inquiries regarding International Health and Biodefense, please contact us at OES-PA-DG@state.gov.