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GLOBAL HEALTH SECURITY: MORE EFFORTS HAVE TO BE DONE TO ENHANCE THE SITUATION

During the last years, due to globalization, countries have seen several health threats, which have been lethal for a lot of people. The best way to face those threats is improving the global health security’s framework, which has to be more coordinated and prepared to address global health’s challenges.

In U.S. infectious diseases represent a danger to U.S. businesses, their employees and the economy in general.  Ten years ago, SARS cost the world $30 billion in just four months. Pandemic influenza has caused rapid and widespread deaths among citizens. The Government and businesses should do more efforts in order to enhance the situation, because countries, that have robust systems in place for ensuring health security, are attractive nations for foreign investments and can be considered better trade partners.

Global health security becomes a critical issue, owing to the fact that global businesses continue to grow and expand their markets in regions that are vulnerable to infectious disease threats. Despite improvements, there are still dangerous gaps in technology, training, surveillance and coordination that are essential fortifications against endemic disease.

The U.S. government has recently presented a global health security agenda through a multiagency effort that includes the departments of State, Defense, Agriculture, Health and Human Services, the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Through this agenda, U.S. agencies are keen to prevent and reduce the risks of outbreaks, find health threats and act quickly to face them.

The 194 member nations of the World Health Organization have signed the International Health Regulations, which are fundamental to provide a better global health security. Unfortunately, fewer than 20 percent of countries can rapidly detect or prevent global health threats caused by emerging infections. That is why U.S. government commitment to a global health security agenda represents an important step forward, but the support of the U.S. businesses is crucial for its success.

 

The gLAWcal Team

Monday, June 9, 2014

(Source: Huffington Post)

This news has been realized by gLAWcal—Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development in collaboration with the University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy and the University of Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy which are both beneficiaries of the European Union Research Executive Agency IRSES Project “Liberalism in Between Europe And China” (LIBEAC) coordinated by Aix-Marseille University (CEPERC). This work has been realized in the framework of Workpackages 4, coordinated by University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy.