27/08/2007

International spread of disease threatens public health security

More than at any previous time in history, global public health security
depends on international cooperation and the willingness of all countries to
act effectively in tackling new and emerging threats. That is the clear message
of this year's World health report, presented by the WHO.

The report entitled 'A safer future: global public health security in the 21st
century' concludes with six key recommendations to secure the highest level of
global public health security:

  • full implementation of the revised International Health Regulations (IHR
    2005) by all countries;
  • global cooperation in surveillance and outbreak alert and response;
  • open sharing of knowledge, technologies and materials, including viruses and
    other laboratory samples, necessary to optimize secure global public health;
  • global responsibility for capacity building within the public health
    infrastructure of all countries;
  • cross-sector collaboration within governments; and
  • increased global and national resources for training, surveillance,
    laboratory capacity, response networks, and prevention campaigns.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: World Health Organization