Health Security: The Global Context

Addressing vulnerability and promoting security
Posted Nov 14, 2017 | Center for Security Studies, Zurich, Ursula Jasper

The global regime for defense against infectious diseases is only as strong as its weakest link, which is local healthcare systems. Protection from infectious diseases is thus a key issue in international health policy. Under the WHO’s International Health Regulations (IHR), which are at the centre of these efforts, states must identify and contain outbreaks at the earliest possible stage. However, Ursula Jasper suggests in this article for the Center for Security Studies, Zurich, that the global implementation of the regulations does not contain the danger of pandemics efficiently and requires further political, social, financial, and biotech advances at both national and global levels.


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