Global Health Keeps Chaos Away
The Huffington Post
"Global threats are rising. Rising inequity, rising discontent against political leaders, extremism, terrorism. As we grow more globalized, more inter-connected, so do we grow more vulnerable to each other’s difficulties. For instance: difficulties in controlling aggressive epidemics in a few countries can now have immediate effects over the entire planet: people can panic, international travel and trade can plummet, and economies can stumble, with many ripple effects.
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(...) As a former Health Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister, I have seen with my own eyes where opportunities for a pro-health globalization lie. We are fortunate to already have a tool: our United Nations’ agency for health, the World Health Organization, which stands at the core of those opportunities — if we can reform it and focus it on its areas of highest impact. While everyone agrees on the need to reform WHO, the matter of how to reform has garnered few proposals. Below is the plan that I would respectfully like to propose to the global community on how achieve this." (Photo: Stefan Laps/flickr)