In a recent address to attendees of the high-level conference in Lyon, France, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan discussed how states can unite under International Health Regulations (IHR).
Referencing the recent Ebola outbreak and its devastation followed by the Zika virus, Dr. Chan said the world is ever-changing, creating new environments for health threats to evolve.
Dr. Chan stated that the key to better combating these outbreaks involved enabling countries to follow International Health Regulations. In addition, she suggested that countries forming alliances need to perform standardized tests to identify and track diseases and possible outbreaks that threaten global health.
Furthermore, technology is vital for a quick diagnosis -- as noted in the Ebola outbreaks in Nigeria, Senegal, and Mali, where Ebola was kept from spreading.
All together, Dr. Chan feels extremely positive about the future of IHR implementation and what the global health community can accomplish.