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Global Health ‘Inextricably Linked’ To Individual, National, International Security

Devex: Opinion: The intersection between global health and security
Eric Goosby, professor of medicine and director of global health delivery and diplomacy at the Institute for Global Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco

“…Over the past decade, countries, and the global health community at large, have begun to embrace the intersection of global health and security and the issues that come with it. This includes strengthening health systems and recognizing that host countries, while they may not be able to tackle their health problems alone, need to start taking control of their own destinies. … U.S. global leadership and investment in response to health crises have saved countless lives and played a critical role in putting robust international responses in place to protect both Americans and vulnerable populations in the world’s poorest places. … It is critical to ensure that both U.S. states and partner countries overseas can detect and report outbreaks before they become pandemics. … We must … invest in new tools and technologies to prevent, detect, and respond to emerging disease threats. … Finally, we should not engage in a debate about existing or emerging infectious diseases without addressing the real need to deliver universal health coverage. … Global health and our individual, national, and international security are inextricably linked. It is time that we act accordingly” (11/6).

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