This project aims to engage the security community on key issues in global health security.

Ebola has highlighted the risks that infectious diseases pose to the countries in which they occur as well as to neighbouring countries and indeed the global community, with the potential to cause death, residual disability, economic loss and political instability. These threats overlap with other global strategic threats, such as conflict, climate change, demographic change, and population movements. 

Chatham House has been working with the Munich Security Conference (MSC) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to engage the security community on key issues in global health security. The Centre on Global Health Security is supporting the development of a health security track at the Munich Security Conference by contributing to the Munich Security Report and formulating high-level panel discussions that explore the links between health security and world stability and stimulate debate among senior politicians, diplomats and security personnel on how best to mitigate health security risks.

Chatham House will:

  • Host a high-level panel discussion at the main session of the conference.
  • Contribute a chapter to the Munich Security Report 2016, showing the correlation between conflict, population movements, health and instability.
  • Support the MSC ‘core group’ meeting in Addis Ababa.
  • Output from this will inform further Chatham House contributions to the MSC in 2017.