Global Health Policy and Regional Health Threats
By Reginald Ramos from Perth USAsia Centre | 23 Aug 2017
Ms Jane Halton AO, former Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Health and former Executive Board Member of the World Health Organisation, was hosted by the Perth USAsia Centre for a private roundtable luncheon on global health policy and the health threats facing the Indo-Pacific
- The global health security architecture helps the world in managing threats and crises. There are many challenges in the Indo-Pacific, particularly surrounding urbanisation and climatic environment. The Indo-Pacific region has roughly 75% of the worldwide malaria burden, as well as challenges such as anti-microbial resistance and emergent diseases.
- Australians must not forget the implications of a major health threat. The implications of major health threats is not limited to mass health crises, but also economically. Major pandemics can cause millions of dollars of damage to a national economy.
- Australian policymakers have to be ready for major health crises. This can be achieved through ensuring the supply of readily available medical stockpiles, an effective surveillance system and educating the population about what the basic health measures are to prevent the spread of disease and illness.
- Australia is a global and regional leader in health policy. This includes the introduction of the Asia Pacific Leaders' Malaria Alliance by Australia, a regional leadership dialogue on Malaria that focuses on the treatment and erradication of Malaria. This also extends into laboratory capacity, surveillance/ monitoring and animal husbandry.
Reginald Ramos is a Research and Program Assistant at the Perth USAsia Centre
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