United States Agency International Development

About this Partner Organization

USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

Emerging Pandemic Threats Program (EPT-2)

In 2009, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the Emerging Pandemic Threats program (EPT-1), a 5-year program targeting “the early detection of new disease threats; enhanced ‘national-level’ preparedness and response capacities for their effective control; and a reduction in the risk of disease emergence by minimizing those practices and behaviors that trigger the ‘spill-over and spread’ of new pathogens from animal reservoirs to humans.” EPT-1 complemented an ongoing line of work USAID has supported since 2005: to control the threat posed by the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza (AI) virus.