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About the Global Health Program

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Global Health Program was created in response to growing health crises facing humans, animals and the environment around the world.

The Global Health Program is based upon the One Health platform, which recognizes that the health of all species — human and animal — are inextricably linked to one another, as well as to the environment.

The team works with international partners and a broad range of experts (wildlife veterinarians, pathologists, biologists, research associates and technicians) to combat these threats to wildlife, human, and ecosystem health and survival by addressing these challenges at their source: the human-wildlife interface.

GHP understands the importance of wildlife health in the prevention of human disease, as well as the worldwide capacity for intervention and response.

By identifying and addressing wildlife health concerns, researching emerging infectious disease threats, training the next generation of scientists, and joining local health responders with the tools and expertise they need, GHP plays a critical role in stabilizing wildlife populations so that all species can thrive, providing impactful and lasting solutions to today’s health and ecological problems.