In September 2017, the United Kingdom (UK) was pleased to join the Alliance for Country Assessments.

The UK is committed to advancing health security as a global priority and believes strengthening national systems is critical to achieving International Health Regulations compliance. It demonstrated its commitment by being amongst the first to undergo an external assessment.

The UK believes the Alliance plays an important role in supporting and promoting the Joint External Evaluation process and supporting the coordination of health security capacity building.

Clara Swinson, Director General of Global and Public Health at the Department of Health said:

“The UK is delighted to join the Alliance as part of our commitment to help protect the world from global health threats and the international spread of disease. We support the IHR strengthening agenda and see assessment of countries’ capabilities as an essential first step to targeted action. We look forward to contributing to the work of the Alliance on global health security.”