This session will explore the issue of major infectious disease outbreaks as a threat to economic and human security, and the need for domestic resource mobilization for pandemic preparedness. Emphasis will be placed on the situations within lower-middle and low-income countries, which often lack the financial, human, and physical resources required to strengthen their global health security infrastructure. This includes but is not limited to emergency response, health workforce, surveillance, procurement of countermeasures, cold and supply chain management, and adequate health systems.
As health security is a public good, national governments must take the responsibility to build effective health systems capable of recognizing, reporting, and mitigating the spread of infectious diseases. This session will specifically examine how government and private sector leaders can recognize the importance of the overall health system and its link to the nation’s human capital and economic performance, and translate this recognition into budget priorities and concrete plans and services. The role and contributions of non-state actors to support domestic resource mobilization will also be considered.
President of The Center for Global Health and Diplomacy (GHD)
Former Group CEO of Standard Chartered PLC; Senior Fellow, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Harvard Kennedy School
Managing Partner and CEO, Sarona Asset Management
Director of Board on Global Health, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Head of Knowledge Management in the Human Development
Network (HDN) at the World Bank