Protecting human security

Proposals for the G7 Ise-Shima Summit in Japan

Japan Global Health Working Group

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Abstract

In today's highly globalised world, protecting human security is a core challenge for political leaders who are simultaneously dealing with terrorism, refugee and migration crises, disease epidemics, and climate change. Promoting universal health coverage (UHC) will help prevent another disease outbreak similar to the recent Ebola outbreak in west Africa, and create robust health systems, capable of withstanding future shocks. Robust health systems, in turn, are the prerequisites for achieving UHC. We propose three areas for global health action by the G7 countries at their meeting in Japan in May, 2016, to protect human security around the world: restructuring of the global health architecture so that it enables preparedness and responses to health emergencies; development of platforms to share best practices and harness shared learning about the resilience and sustainability of health systems; and strengthening of coordination and financing for research and development and system innovations for global health security. Rather than creating new funding or organisations, global leaders should reorganise current financing structures and institutions so that they work more effectively and efficiently. By making smart investments, countries will improve their capacity to monitor, track, review, and assess health system performance and accountability, and thereby be better prepared for future global health shocks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2155-2162
Number of pages8
JournalThe Lancet
Volume387
Issue number10033
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 May 21

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Protecting human security : Proposals for the G7 Ise-Shima Summit in Japan. / Japan Global Health Working Group.

In: The Lancet, Vol. 387, No. 10033, 21.05.2016, p. 2155-2162.

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Japan Global Health Working Group. / Protecting human security : Proposals for the G7 Ise-Shima Summit in Japan. In: The Lancet. 2016 ; Vol. 387, No. 10033. pp. 2155-2162.
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