Increasing numbers of cases of the H1N1 virus (also called swine flu) worldwide have raised alarm bells of a global pandemic. Similar concerns arose with the avian influenza and SARS. This newly released book from CIGI’s project on global health governance explores the topics of pandemics, essential medicines and disease eradication using case studies of infectious diseases as well as “lifestyle” illnesses such as tobacco.

Globalization has created both opportunities and challenges in many spheres, including global health. The migration of people across borders and continents has facilitated knowledge sharing and advances in medicine such as improved diagnostic testing, and better medication and treatments. It has also led to better trained health professionals globally.

Conversely, as the world’s population has become more interconnected, new health threats have arisen and old ones have reappeared with renewed vigor. The H1N1 virus is just the latest example of how infectious diseases can emerge, almost from nowhere, and spread rapidly across the globe. In many countries, a shortage of health care professionals hampers the containment and treatment of these threats.

Innovation in Global Health Governance, edited by CIGI Distinguished Fellow Andrew F. Cooper and John J. Kirton from the University of Toronto, is the second published volume in a continuing CIGI project on global health governance. Using country and case studies, it aims to develop an analytical framework to explain innovation in the delivery of global public health in today’s complex, interconnected world. The volume also contains an assessment of the current state of innovation in global health governance, and proposes ideas that could enhance how the governance system works.

Divided into seven parts, the volume includes sections on critical cases in global health innovation, responding to and preparing for pandemics, accessing affordable medicines, conducting campaigns against chronic illness and defining future directions in global health governance.

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