Achieving global health security in a globalized world is a complex task. Its success depends on the collaboration between governments and stakeholders from the international development, health, security, agricultural, and environmental sectors, among others.
What will it take to achieve a world that is safe and secure from global health threats posed by infectious diseases? On November 8, Devex organized a Twitter chat to follow up on the conversation we started in our digital series From Healthy to Secure, in partnership with PATH and Johnson & Johnson.
These panelists and other organizations took part in the conversation:
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• @creynoldsPATH, Carolyn Reynolds, vice president of policy and advocacy, PATH
• @JNJGlobalHealth, Alan Tennenberg, chief medical officer, Johnson & Johnson
• @theglobalfight, Friends of the Global Fight
• @EpidAlert, EbolaAlert
• @CDCGlobal, CDC Global Health
• @GlobalHealthOrg, Global Health Council
• @H_S_Global, Health Systems Global
• @ghsa_psrt, Global Health Security Agenda Private Sector Roundtable
Below are some highlights from the online conversation.
• @JNJGlobalHealth A healthy population can lead to a stronger economy. When you have a healthy, strong, growing economy, you tend to have a situation of greater stability. Health epidemics threaten all of that. #Health4Security
• @theglobalfight Infectious diseases have never recognized national borders, and this is certainly the case in our increasingly interconnected world. An outbreak that begins in a remote village can reach major cities on any continent in less than 36 hours, blossoming into a global crisis. #Health4Security
• @GlobalHealthOrg When global health threats exist, they affect not only health systems at home and abroad but also economies. This leads to global insecurity that extends far beyond health. #Health4Security
• @PATHtweets The U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Service, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Institutes of Health all play a role in US global health security: http://bit.ly/2hYwF8g #Health4Security
• @JNJGlobalHealth As part of Global Health Security Agenda, 63 governments have committed to implementing international health regulations which govern how countries get their systems ready to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious diseases: http://www.ghsagenda.org. We have a shared responsibility and accountability to work across all sectors: public, private, NGO, philanthropy, etc. to address threats #Health4Security
• @theglobalfight Programs such as the @GlobalFund, @PEPFAR, @PMIgov & @USAIDGH have been vital in US health security efforts. By bolstering health systems to respond to emergencies, they help to prevent the spread of disease to our shores #Health4Security
• @GHTCoalition By making people healthier, US global health programs help make countries more stable: @PEPFAR countries in sub-Saharan Africa had 40% less political instability & violent activity than their neighbors: http://bit.ly/2zrhdvJ #Health4Security
• @PATHtweets The US has been—and must remain—a leader in protecting global health security. http://bit.ly/2hYwF8g Through our Global Health Security partnership, we are leveraging PATH’s deep country experience and partnerships to strengthen critical health systems in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Tanzania, and Vietnam #Health4Security
• @JNJGlobalHealth By strengthening health systems globally and preparing for #pandemics, we can reduce the spread of diseases, number of infections & number of deaths while increasing economic impact within our countries and across borders. #Health4Security
• @theglobalfight As recently highlighted by @UNEnvoyonTB, hospitals, health workers & medical labs act as our first line of defense against disease. Research and development is also needed to develop new and innovative technologies that can help with diagnosis and treatment times #Health4Security
• @PATHtweets US government should work closely with @UN, @WHO, @WorldBank and other multilateral platforms to drive innovative global initiatives to develop solutions for #Health4Security. Dedicated, sustained US government financing & increased research and development (R&D) are critical to ensuring global health security.
• @JNJGlobalHealth We need to invest in developing healthcare systems to prevent, protect and respond to health threats. Enhancing public-private partnerships where private sector can bring their capabilities and expertise, and work with governments to develop workforce and health infrastructure to detect, prevent, and respond to infectious risks #Health4Security
• @GHTCoalition Stress that investing in global health, including R&D, IS putting "America First." The good we do around the world creates a healthier, more secure America. http://bit.ly/2zrhdvJ #Health4Security
• @theglobalfight By making sure they understand how global health security protects Americans. For example, in 2016, Americans took more than 77 million international trips for business, pleasure and family visits. Additionally, as many as 9 million American citizens live abroad, and there are 300,000 U.S. military personnel stationed in foreign countries. Global health security investments help protect all of these Americans #Health4Security
• @PATHtweets Policymakers needs to understand that Inconsistent financing cripples our ability to prevent, detect, and respond to disease outbreaks: http://bit.ly/2hYwF8g It is more expensive to react in crisis rather than prepare in advance #Health4Security
• @theglobalfight Ensuring health systems are better prepared to detect and respond to emergencies. This requires hospitals, health workers & medical labs to be in place before an outbreak #Health4Security
• @GlobalHealthOrg Continue to support + strengthen health systems: surveillance systems, laboratory networks, global health workforce & EOC operations around the world. U.S. leadership in global health works. #Health4Security
• @JNJGlobalHealth Cross-collaboration for #Health4Security is on the rise! Scalable & innovative solutions are how @JNJGlobalHealth works to solve global disease challenges for Global Goals: https://goo.gl/u3TsBk
• @GHTCoalition Victories like increases in global tuberculosis research funding, successful capacity-building efforts, global commitments to combat major global health challenges like AMR, and more all point toward an optimistic future for #Health4Security
Examining how global health affects security and vice versa, Devex, PATH, and Johnson & Johnson look at how country governments, donors, foundations, the private sector, and civil society can better respond to and anticipate threats, asking whether increased investment in global health security is critical to the security of all countries. Join our conversation on preparing for the unexpected by visiting the From Healthy to Secure site and tagging #Health4Security and @Devex on social media.