Global Health Security

URC supports and promotes the US government’s global health security agenda through partnerships with national and international organizations and public and private stakeholders to accelerate progress toward a world safe and secure from infectious disease.

A comprehensive approach to global biosafety and biosecurity

URC embraces the CDC’s One Health concept, which “recognizes that the health of humans is connected to the health of animals and the environment.” We apply a One Health approach to global health security to:

  • Identify and address gaps in human and animal public health systems
  • Prepare healthcare facilities and laboratories for certification and accreditation
  • Enhance biosafety and biosecurity standards and procedures
  • Strengthen the ability of public health laboratories to detect, diagnose, and report on outbreaks of infectious disease—especially those associated with particularly dangerous pathogens—in accordance with WHO's International Health Regulations and the World Organisation for Animal Health's guidelines.

Global health security at work

URC applies One Health in a variety of ways. In Iraq and Afghanistan, we have helped enhance clinical, laboratory, and epidemiological safety and security by providing education and training, as well as infrastructure and procurement support, through the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Cooperative Biological Engagement Program.

In Benin, the Advancing Newborn, Child, and Reproductive Health Program is reinforcing the public health sector’s ability to detect and control infectious disease outbreaks, including Ebola. In 2015, an outbreak of Lassa fever at a program-supported health center was quickly contained, thanks to the staff’s ability to rapidly apply what they had learned and implement procedures to fight its spread.

As the world becomes ever more connected, the importance of global health security will continue to grow. URC has decades of experience providing hands-on assistance to help our partners adapt to an increasingly complex health landscape.


URC has trained more than 400 lab workers and 38 master trainers in seven provinces across Iraq