U.S. Commitment To WHO, Global Health Security Must Remain Robust

The Hill: Global health security threats — despite worldwide responses, there’s much more to do
Ambassador John E. Lange, senior fellow for global health diplomacy at the United Nations Foundation

“…The good news is that the world will be much better prepared when (not if) another infectious disease outbreak of similar severity takes place. The bad news is that much, much more needs to be done to fund and build global capacity to prevent, detect and respond to such threats. … In recent decades, nations around the world have come to realize how they need to build capacity to prevent and prepare for global health security threats, and under the International Health Regulations they took on the obligation to do so. But resources are not available to build capacity commensurate with the threat. The U.S. commitment to WHO, as both a partner and a contributor, needs to remain robust. Let’s mark the 100th anniversary of the Spanish flu with a story of success, by better protecting Americans and all citizens of the world from the next pandemic” (10/5).