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International Health and Biodefense

The Office of International Health Affairs (OES/IHB) Is the State Department’s general health office. IHB works with agencies throughout the U.S. government to facilitate policy-making regarding environmental health, infectious diseases (e.g., SARS, Avian Influenza, Pandemic Influenza, Polio), health in post-conflict situations, and surveillance and response, and health security.

The office works with many offices within the State Department and other U.S. government agencies, including USAID, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Defense, Homeland Security, National Security Council, Homeland Security Council, and intelligence agencies. We also work with the United Nations and international organizations, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and foreign governments.

IHB promotes effective strategies for global health by encouraging strong political leadership on health policy. The office works with other government agencies to represent the U.S. position on health matters in international fora and assists U.S. diplomatic posts in their health-related activities with foreign governments.

  
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Report: Strategic Implications of Global Health, December 2008

Global Handwashing Day
The United States and other nations observed this day to raise global awareness on the significance of handwashing with soap to reduce and prevent diarrheal diseases and pneumonia. Release

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