Countries Must Work Together To Prevent Large Disease Outbreaks, Treat Pandemic Threats As Terrorism, Outgoing U.K. Medical Chief Says In Final Report

BBC News: Medical chief calls for global health effort
“Countries must work together to tackle global health risks, England’s outgoing chief medical officer has said. In her final annual report, Prof. Dame Sally Davies said focusing on domestic issues could risk failing to control global threats such as Ebola…” (7/22).

The Telegraph: Killer global health threats should be treated like terrorism, says Chief Medical Officer
“…In her final report before stepping down to become the first female Master of Trinity College Cambridge, Dame Sally Davies said the U.K. must adopt a similar approach to global health as does with its counter-terrorism (CONTEST) strategy. The strategy brings together intelligence organizations from across the world to ‘prevent, pursue, protect, and prepare’ for a terrorist attack and ensures countries act swiftly together in the event of an atrocity…” (Knapton/Newey, 7/22).

The Telegraph: U.K.’s greatest health threats will come from abroad, England’s top doctor warns
“…In the last five years the proportion of official development assistance spent by the Department for International Development (DFID) has shrunk. And Professor Dame Sally warns this could lead to a less coherent and effective approach unless clear targets are set. ‘DFID does an amazing job,’ she said. ‘But what we’ve started to do more over the last few years is spend U.K. aid from other departments. They do a decent job … but we need to have a shared global health strategy with shared objectives that go through a number of government departments for investments to be enduring’…” (Newey, 7/22).