Health and foreign policy

"The need for foreign policy that addresses health seriously has forced policy-makers to confront the realities of an epidemiologically interdependent world and the complexities of the global cooperation needed to protect and promote public health. Health concerns seriously affect and inform how countries perceive and formulate their national interests for foreign policy purposes." (David P Fidler & Nick Drager, in: Bulletin of the WHO, Volume 84, Number 9, September 2006)