Opinion: Beyond COVID-19 — what global health security will look like

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U.S. Secretary of State Anthony J. Blingen called the U.S. March 3. While the administrative plan is being prepared, the first objective was to “establish the 19th Government and strengthen security around the world.” Experts have long warned of epidemics, but countries often fail to prioritize them. While COVID-19 may change, it is important to understand that global health care is a bigger problem than any other epidemic, and too little attention to it can be frustrating.

Leaders may want to look at three additional factors in developing strategies for preparing for those health risks: other diseases, community health indicators, and asset performance.

Other diseases – contagious and incurable
Only a comprehensive approach can prevent unwanted steps in health systems. For example, exposure to COVID-19 should be the cause of some infectious and non-communicable diseases. Of course, it is not surprising that new infectious diseases such as COVID-19, Ebola, Zika have received attention; they are afraid. But under the radar, HIV-related causes will kill 690,000 people in 2019 and 409,000 in malaria.

The World Health Organization and the US have called for malaria intervention during the epidemic. The President wants the malaria program to stop the COVID-19 tax centers from operating. ABD Associates is leading the BMI VectorLink project, which sprayed pesticides on homes and distributed insecticide-treated bed nets in 24 countries. Although all activities were individualized, we were able to carry out our campaigns. Such interventions have resulted in a reduction of 67% of malaria deaths from 2000 to 2019.

Malaria control is important as a health priority – not only to avoid competing with COVID-19 in hospital beds, but also with diseases associated with low economic growth rates.

Non-communicable diseases are the biggest killers. 71% of deaths worldwide and make COVID-19 extremely dangerous. For example, a study by the World Obesity Federation found that the mortality rate on COVID-19 was more than ten times higher.

We need to understand that health care in the world is a bigger problem than any other epidemic, and too little attention to it can lead to frustration.


Well, we can’t forget the change, because COVID-19 is not too late. Planning ahead is important. At the 2016 conference of 26 Caribbean countries, in the US the Center for Health and Financial Management Development Programs helped develop the region’s first self-assessment of its ability to deal with infectious diseases – overcoming small health programs An ongoing problem with capacity. .

Following the meeting, HFG developed a map of the global health care agenda in the Caribbean region. Health leaders followed the roadmap and improved communication, coordination and collaboration. Among other things, countries monitor passenger travel on cruise liners and airplanes and share vaccine donations and testing capabilities. Countries have adopted a community-based approach not only in government and the private sector, but also in universities, communities, and civil society.

Since viruses do not require passports, some regions must adapt to the new regional, disciplinary and co-operative procedures.

Public health indicators
Focusing on diseases is not just about improving health care. Threats to communities where health is already at stake, toxic pollution, water shortages, lack of money to pay for health care, and poor education can lead to decent work. Making progress is important to fully address these issues.

For example, in Uganda, the Integrated Community Agriculture and Nutrition Program has improved the return of more than 100,000 people in its first two years. According to unpublished data, it linked more than 1,400 community groups to markets, with more than 1,600 schoolgirls with economic skills, and groups with 750 students. Cultural leader. ICAN has improved school enrollment, nutrition, economics, resource management and health. COVID-19 provides an opportunity to establish a multi-disciplinary approach to improve health outcomes.

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Programs and resources
Both the system and the goods are important in the military war and the health war.

On March 8, National Safety Adviser Jake Sullivan stated that the United States will follow the cost of the COVID-19 vaccine and the cost of “strengthening the health system. This can be done through a combination of strategies to move the country towards sustainable internal health care.

Tasks include implementing clear national health priorities, strengthening the financial management of health systems, obtaining accurate and reliable drug expenditure information, and improving the quality of health care.

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