209650 Applying Bilateral and Multilateral Strategies in Global Health Governance to Combat Global Water Issues

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 8:50 AM

Haroun Habib, MPH , Public Health Preparedness, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Columbia, MD
In these times of global economic constraints, increased transfer of international health risks, and mounting health inequalities worldwide, global health governance faces major hurdles in combating one of the greatest public health challenges of our time: global water issues, such as water remediation, water scarcity, and water-related diseases.

Effective governance to prepare for, and combat these growing challenges depends on bilateral and multilateral strategies, including global public-private health partnerships. In light of the 2003 SARS outbreak in China, policymakers and the public, alike, have placed growing pressures on the global public health community to protect against emerging infectious diseases such as new strains of pandemic influenza, fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and a host of "neglected diseases" in the developing world.

Through this avenue, global water issues are gaining notice on the global health governance agenda. However, efforts to strengthen cooperation and the role of international law in protecting and promoting public health on a global basis, has made limited progress. It is imperative that state, non-state actors, and coordinating organizations such as the WHO, strengthen global health governance in order to protect the health of all populations.

Learning Objectives:
1. Explain the difference between multilateral strategies and bilateral strategies in global health governance and give examples of both. 2. Identify ways in which global health governance can be strengthened. 3. Articulate the role of global health governance in alleviating the threat of global water issues. 4. Formulate some ways that stronger global health governance can be applied in minimizing health risks associated with global water issues such as water-borne diseases

Keywords: Law, International Public Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: EDUCATION Boston University Master of Public Health, Concentration: International Health and Development, September 2007 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Bachelor of Science in Public Health (Health Policy and Administration, English), August 2004 CERTIFICATES Boston University Certificate in Paralegal Studies, April 2008 Certificate in ARV Program Management and Adherence Issues in Low Resource Settings, July 2007 Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) Certificate in Armed Conflict, Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, December 2007 Global Youth Coalition on AIDS (GYCA) Project Management E-Course Certificate, October 2007 Political Advocacy E-Course Certificate, July 2007
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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