The World Health Organization (WHO), governments, financial institutions, development partners, and health agencies from across the world have committed to accelerate strengthening and implementation of capacities required to cope with disease outbreaks and other health emergencies.
A significant threat to global health security is the number of national health systems that are weak, fragmented and under-funded.
Only about one third of countries in the world have the ability to assess, detect and respond to public health emergencies.
Ebola, Zika, yellow fever and other recent outbreaks have exposed these weaknesses at national, regional and international levels.
"Fortifying health security in today's world must be a key priority of governments, multilateral agencies, development banks, and non-government organizations the world over. What matters most is maintaining the momentum and turning that into real, tangible results," Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Region said at the end of the three-day meeting on ‘Advancing Global Health Security: From Commitments to Actions'.