Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), recently opened a senior-level meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, concerning how countries can better cooperate together to create and abide by tests for worldwide health and regulating IHR components.
The meeting was co-hosted by Finland.
Chan spoke to those present about the 10-year struggle to incentivize and encourage countries to abide by IHR's main missions, and that the new alliance would be critical in creating a healthier and more secure world. She also discussed how the new systems adhere to countries' needs, are standardized, and will help bridge the gaps in global health. The new alliance is in compliance with the One Health ideology that FAO, OIE and WHO are all a part of, and will be organized by a secretariat from WHO and a group of advisors.
The need to create an alliance, she continued, is due to the obvious lack of preparedness, laboratories, hospitals and health staff to combat reoccurring breakouts of major illnesses, like SARS, H1H1, Ebola and Zika. In the fight to control these outbreaks, quick ways to vaccine, diagnose and provide treatment and information is vital, in addition to mosquito control.
Chan was hopeful of the order and assistance the new alliance could make, specifically in providing reliance and long-term solutions to take over the short-term ones already in place. The alliance will surely create a more unified front against global illnesses.