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Health Promot Perspect. 2019;9(3): 161-163.
doi: 10.15171/hpp.2019.23
PMID: 31508335
PMCID: PMC6717919
Scopus ID: 85070909967
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The need for health diplomacy in health security operations

Vijay Kumar Chattu 1,2,3 * ORCID logo, Sebastian Kevany 4

1 Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, ON, Canada
2 Institute of International Relations, The University of the West Indies; St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
3 Department of Public Health Research, Global Institute of Public Health, Thiruvananthapuram 695024, India
4 Department of HIV/AIDS, University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA
*Corresponding Author: Department of Public Health Research, Global Institute of Public Health, Thiruvananthapuram 695024, India Email drvkumar.ch@gmail.com

Abstract

The concept of health security involves the intersection of several fields and disciplines and is an inherently political and sensitive area. It is also a relatively a new field of study and practice which lacks a precise definition - though numerous disciplines and areas like foreign policy, national interests, trade interests, health security, disaster relief, and human rights contribute to the concept. The purpose of this paper is to highlight the need for, health diplomacy in improving health security. For example, it is not unusual for developing country societies to build their health security measures by restricting travel and movement of those emanating from affected areas. When extreme health security measures threaten cordial and cooperative relations between nations, the issue of protection of one country’s population may lead to the risk of international conflict. As the World Health Organization (WHO) stated in 2007 that‘functioning health systems are the bedrock of health security,’ it is crucial that partners with sound financial and technical capacities benefit developing countries through their assistance and sharing information. This paper explores how health diplomacy holds great promise to address the needs of global health security through binding or nonbinding instruments, enforced by global governance mechanisms.
Keywords: Health diplomacy, Health security, Global health, Ebola, Health policy, Global health governance
Citation: Chattu VK, Kevany S. The need for health diplomacy in health security operations. Health Promot Perspect. 2019;9(3):161-163.doi: 10.15171/hpp.2019.23.
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