A Case for Prioritizing Global Health Diplomacy
Matthew Lim, MD and Thomas E. Novotny, MD, MPH
Dr. Lim is a medical officer at the Department of Epidemic Alert and Response, part of the Health Security and Environment Cluster at the World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland. Dr. Novotny is a professor of global health at the Graduate School of Public Health at San Diego State University, San Diego, CA.
Emerging (and reemerging) infectious diseases (EIDs) continue to be a major concern to public health officials at local, national, and international levels. Severe acute respiratory syndrome, dengue fever, chikungunya virus, reemerging viral hemorrhagic fevers, and highly pathogenic avian influenza virus are just a few of the identified infectious disease risks in this new millennium.